ScotSoul were formed in February 2017 when five friends, all established performers in their own right, joined forces to enter BBC1’s exciting new singing contest ‘Pitch Battle’. With over 100 years of performing experience between them, ScotSoul push their music and performance skills to a whole new level as a vocal group with dynamic harmonies and an exciting, fun, visual show.
Band members Natalie James, Shirley McAlpine, Des McFarlane, Louise McFarlane and James Smart all bring something unique and diverse to ScotSoul. Natalie has an established pop music background and was a member of Netherlands pop sensation ‘Bad Candy’. Shirley has sung in covers bands for many years with an eclectic taste, but is strongly influenced by music’s greatest soul singers. Des is the chameleon of the group with a natural talent for vocal impersonations and can sing anything from pop/ rock to classical and opera. Louise has been influenced by country music throughout the years but can turn her hand to anything, with influences from the likes of Dolly Parton to Celine Dion. James influences are 80’s rock and pop, having been a Freddie Mercury tribute for many years, but has recently also turned his hand to traditional Scottish music.
ScotSoul have already established themselves as a formidable force in music, having secured 3rd place in the first ever ‘Pitch Battle’ LIVE final on BBC1 on Saturday 22nd July 2017. Soul music legend Chaka Khan selected the group to join her performing one of her all time classic hits, ‘I’m Every Woman’. The group fought off some fierce competition on the show in order to secure their place in the final, including a cappella sensation ‘Out Of The Blue’ and the amazing male swing quartet ‘The Fly Boys’. They didn’t expect to get past the first round as the standard of talent in the show was so high. They feel humbled and privileged to have been selected and have made some great friends on the show, also including City Academy Songbirds, The Noteables, Soul Train, Leeds Contemporary Singers, Tring Park 16, Portsmouth University Gospel Choir, All The Kings Men and Sgarmes.
ScotSoul are excited about the future and look forward to showing audiences their full range of capabilities and showmanship over the coming years.