Fiona aims to rus­tle up mu­sic prize

Chance of awards show­case

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A coun­try and west­ern songstress from Cam­bus­lang is hop­ing to col­lar an award.

Fiona McKenna, who per­forms un­der the name Robyn Tay­lor, is on a longlist for the lis­ten­ers’ choice award at the UK Coun­try Mu­sic Awards for her tune ‘In The Arms of Love’.

The list will be cut to five later in the year, who will then per­form live at the awards in Septem­ber.

West­burn woman Fiona, 51, only re­leased her first al­bum in 2017 af­ter years moon­light­ing as a cabaret singer when not at her day job at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

She said: “I am thrilled to be nom­i­nated and I see it as some recog­ni­tion for all the hard work I’ve put in since re­leas­ing ‘The Way I Wanna Be.’

“It would be great to re­ceive enough votes to make the fi­nal five to get the chance to per­form in front of a packed house full of coun­try mu­sic fans, fel­low mu­si­cians, DJs and book­ers in the in­dus­try and show them what a lassie from West­burn can re­ally do.”

Fiona has had suc­cess since re­leas­ing her mu­sic last year, with track ‘Stop My Heart’ go­ing into the Hot­disc charts at No. 4.

She said: “The Hot­disc charts are com­piled by over 150 DJs, who choose what songs they think are hot.

“The track seemed to get a lot of sup­port and a good re­sponse and the video for it was get­ting played on ‘Keep It Coun­try’ on Sky.

“I’ve had feed­back from peo­ple in France, Ger­many and Hol­land since I started mak­ing mu­sic, which is a great feel­ing be­cause your mu­sic is con­nect­ing with peo­ple.”

Next up for Fiona is an­other sin­gle re­lease, ‘Mem­o­ries In Your Heart’ about her late fa­ther Jim.

To vote go to www.uk­coun­try­mu­si­cawards. com/vote_­song.php.

I am thrilled to be nom­i­nated

Songstress Fiona McKenna

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