Be Charlotte hopes to inspire next generation of musicians
The 21-year-old Dundee singer-songwriter is on a tour of schools across Scotland.
By Jenness Mitchell and Haley Bouma
Fresh from dropping her first single with a major record label, Dundee singer-songwriter Be Charlotte is hoping to inspire the next generation of Scots artists.
Following the release of Do Not Disturb via Columbia Records and Insanity earlier this month, the 21-year-old has embarked on a tour of schools across the country.
The musician - whose real name is Charlotte Brimner - has been showcasing her talent and chatting to pupils about her life in the music industry.
During a visit to St Paul's RC Academy in Dundee, the singer told STV News it was great to be back in the city.
She said: "It's amazing, it's great. I love coming back to Dundee.
"And it's just so amazing to come into schools, and now that I have a song out as well it makes it a lot easier because they know the song and stuff, which is lovely.
"It's been great. We've had such a lovely morning - really inspiring for me as well."
The singer, who found her voice as a teenager with an acoustic guitar in Dundee, has performed at many festivals including T in the Park and TRNSMT.
She also represented Scotland at the Solheim Cup handover in Iowa in 2017. Her stateside performance was broadcast across the globe into more than 350 million homes.
The singer, who performed at the opening of Dundee's V&A museum last year, is vocal against the cuts to music tuition in Scottish schools.
She said: "It was so important for me to be learning music in school.
"I was doing it as a hobby outside of school, but in school was when I was really learning the other side of it - I guess the more 'technical' side of it, or learning how to read music better or write music.
'I think it's good to hopefully be inspired and encouraged to give it a go and play an instrument or write a song and see how that feels.'Be Charlotte
"So that really helped me and it also just gave me the confidence to play music.
"When I first went into high school, my instruments were drums and guitar because I was too scared to sing but then after a couple of years I got a bit more confidence to sing and I chose that as my instrument.
"From then I had the good support of a teacher who really helped me to find my voice and keep singing which helped."
The singer-songwriter hopes the tour will inspire young people to follow their dreams.
She added: "Believe in yourself and be confident enough to try out ideas that you might have.
"If you want to be creative in music, or drama or art - then give it a go.
"Be confident enough in yourself to try out what you think you might be good at.
"And if it doesn't work, then that's cool. But I think it's good to hopefully be inspired and encouraged to give it a go and play an instrument or write a song and see how that feels."