SINGER songwriter Caroline Kay from Dublin 15 has been nominated for an award following the success of her five-track debut EP ‘Notes’.
The talented 28-year-old moved to London to pursue her dream of performing on a West End stage and has been busy creating her own music and online videos.
Notes went straight to the top of the Irish iTunes charts when released last August and bumped Ed Sheeran off the number two slot in the UK Singer Songwriter charts.
Now Caroline is up for a Best Music Act award at the Gossies on February 23 along with the likes of Kodaline, Aine Cahill, Picture This, The Coronas and The Script.
The songstress, who grew up in Carpenterstown with two brothers and her parents Margaret and Donal, says her love of music started at a young age.
She told Dublin Gazette: “My parents come from large and relatively musical families but are arguably each the least musical within those families so I’m lucky that the flare for music was passed to me somehow.
“My parents did have a couple of Broadway/West End CDs and some of the classics (Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra) so music was always being played in the house.
“I started piano lessons when I was about seven and sang in the church choir, school choir and was a part of the local drama society too.”
Caroline says she was “no child prodigy” and her voice took time to develop but she had a passion for music and stuck with it.
Her favourite genres include pop, jazz, blues and musical theatre and she describes her music as “technically pop music but it doesn’t have a mainstream sound”.
Caroline has been based in London for the past six years and says although she suffers the odd bout of homesickness the West End shows help to distract her.
She said: “I do miss family and friends and missing out on the little things but I get home quite often.
“My ultimate goal is a successful career on the West End. That’s what I trained for and that’s my biggest goal.”
Not content with her EP success, Caroline has also been working on an Irish musical set in Dublin penning the script, lyrics and music and teaming up with a composer.
She’s now looking forward to the red-carpet glamour at the Gossie Awards at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Golden Lane next week.
She said: “Just to be recognised for my work is special.
“I think the Irish are especially great for supporting their own and it’s lovely to have them wishing me well.”
Listen to the EP on Spotify or watch the video on YouTube.