Maisie is a star in the Mae-king
A SCHOOLGIRL singing sensation, who pens songs during maths lessons, is celebrating chart success at the age of just 15.
Maisie-mae Cater, a Year 10 pupil at Ken Stimpson Community School, has shot to number 14 in the UK singer/ songwriter charts following the release of her EP The Plight.
Her dramatic rise has also included her song Nerd Love being played on BBC 6 Music by legendary DJ Tom Robinson.
Maisie-mae, from Milking Nook, near Peterborough, said: “Everything seems to have happened so quickly - I only started singing two years ago after picking up my dad’s guitar.
“I’ve always loved writing songs and try to take inspiration from everyday life and the things I see out and about.
“Sometimes lyrics just come to me and fall into place. When that happens I have to write them down straight away.
“I’ve even written songs in maths lessons. Although I’ve always completed the class work afterwards.”
Maisie-mae puts her success down to the ever-increasing popularity of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Her Facebook page, which was set up by her brother and manager Jak, now has more than 1,200 followers from 26 different countries.
She has already played a number of gigs in the Peterborough area, both singing solo and with her band, Fighting Karma, with whom she won the Peterborough Youth Council battle of the bands in 2011.
Maisie-mae added: “It’s definitely easier nowadays for young musicians to get their work out there.
“Being on Facebook and Twitter helps. I emailed my song Nerd Love to Tom Robinson and he played it on 6 Music.
“He emailed me back and told me he really liked it.
“That was a massive boost and since then the song has been played on other BBC radio stations.
“I was then given an interview on the BBC’S Introducing sessions, which really help to plug young musicians.”
Maisie-mae’s immediate priority is completing her GSCE exams but after that, she aims to devote all her time to music.
She added: “Being a musician full-time is what I want to do.
“I know that it takes a lot of hard work and determination but it’s what I love doing.”
Richard Lord, head teacher at Ken Stimpson, said: “We’re all thrilled for Maisie.
“She’s a well-rounded pupil with a great talent. As for writing songs in lessons, well it must have been inspirational teaching.”
Jak Cater (24) added: “Maisie is very talented and what sets her apart is that she writes all her own songs.
“As her manager I’m doing all I can to put the word out. I think she can go really far.”
DJ Tom Robinson, himself a charttopping singer songwriter in the 1970s with the Tom Robinson Band, is already a big fan of Maisie-mae.
Writing on his blog, Mr Robinson said: “I think Maisie-mae is terrific, great lyrics, energy and delivery. “She is one to watch.”
For more information about Maisie-mae visit www.facebook.com/ Maisiemaecater.
IN THE CHARTS: Maisie-mae Cater.
Maisie-mae with her band Fighting Karma, left, and performing solo, above.