Maisie is a star in the Mae-king

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

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.

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