Famous Scottish Lyricists & Songwriters

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Lewis Capaldi
(Scottish Singer Best Known for His Hit Single 'Someone You Loved')
Lewis Capaldi
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Birthdate: October 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Lewis Capaldi's success story is one of the greatest testimonies to the fact that magical things can happen when talent meets opportunity. From being just another aspiring singer, he quickly became a popular singer-songwriter in the UK and the US after Ryan Walter stumbled upon his iPhone recording on his SoundCloud account. Subsequently, he was signed to Universal Music Group.

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Annie Lennox
(Singer-songwriter of)
Annie Lennox
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Birthdate: January 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Known for her androgynous look, four-time Grammy-winning artist Annie Lennox became an international sensation with Eurythmics, a duo she formed with Dave Stewart, delivering hits such as Sweet Dreams. Her song Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received an Academy Award.
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Emeli Sandé
(R&B Singer Best Remebered for her Album 'Our Vision of Events')
Emeli Sandé
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
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Amy Macdonald
(Scottish Folk Rock Singer and Songwriter)
Amy Macdonald
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Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs, Scotland

With songs that are a blend of contemporary folk-rock and traditional storytelling, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald sold 3 million copies of her debut album worldwide. Known for hits such as This Is the Life, she is a self-taught musician and began her career singing at pubs and cafes in her teens.

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Jimmy Somerville
(Scottish Pop Singer and Member of the 1980's Pop Groups 'Bronski Beat' and 'The Communards')
Jimmy Somerville
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Birthdate: June 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Jimmy Somerville is a Scottish singer-songwriter best known for his association with popular synth-pop groups like The Communards and Bronski Beat. Somerville, who possesses a soulful and powerful falsetto singing voice, is known in particular for including political commentary on issues like LGBT rights in his songs. In 1984, he won the Grierson Award for his work in Framed Youth.

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Marti Pellow
(Lead Singer of the Scottish Pop Group 'Wet Wet Wet')
Marti Pellow
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Birthdate: March 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clydebank, Scotland
Although discouraged by his father from choosing music as a career option, Mark McLachlan decided to try his luck with a band he formed with three friends. While the band grew to become the internationally renowned Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet, Mark became Marti Pellow, its lead singer.
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Elizabeth Fraser
(Singer-songwriter best known as the vocalist for the pioneering dream pop band Cocteau Twins)
Elizabeth Fraser
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Birthdate: August 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grangemouth, Scotland

Once described as “the voice of God,” Scottish singer Elizabeth Fraser gained fame as part of the dream pop band Cocteau Twins, known for its obscure lyrics and foreign words which were inserted in the songs because they sounded good. Sexually abused by her family members, she left home at 16

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Derek William Dick
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Composer, Poet)
Derek William Dick
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Birthdate: April 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

Better known by his pseudonym, Fish, Scottish rock singer Derek William Dick first gained fame as part of the British band Marillion. Known for hits such as Kayleigh, he later also had a successful solo career. He once revealed how he almost died twice, from skin-infection-induced blood poisoning.

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Scott Hutchison
(Founding Member and Primary Songwriter of Indie Rock Band 'Frightened Rabbit')
Scott Hutchison
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Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 9, 2018

Scottish singer-songwriter Scott Hutchison is remembered as the founder of the indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. Though he had initially studied illustration, he later switched to his old love for the guitar and stepped into music. He was found dead by Scottish police after going missing for 2 days.

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Jim Diamond
(Singer-songwriter)
Jim Diamond
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Birthdate: September 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: October 8, 2015
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Bert Jansch
(Musician)
Bert Jansch
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Birthdate: November 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died: October 5, 2011
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Isobel Campbell
(Singer-Songwriter)
Isobel Campbell
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Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Ivor Cutler
(Scottish Poet, Singer-Songwriter , Musician, Artist and Humorist Known for His Regular Performances on 'BBC Radio')
Ivor Cutler
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Birthdate: January 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: March 3, 2006
Known for his frequent appearances on BBC radio programs and his baritone voice, singer Ivor Cutler had once been a RAF navigator. While he initially studied painting and sculpting, he later took to poetry and songwriting. He had also penned children’s books. Called an eccentric, he mostly traveled by bicycle.
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Gordon Waller
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Birthdate: June 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland,
Died: July 17, 2009
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King Creosote
(Singer-Songwriter)
King Creosote
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
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William Reid
(Musician best known as being lead guitarist, songwriter, co-founder and occasional singer of the Scottish alternative rock band, The Jesus and Mary Chain)
William Reid
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Birthdate: October 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Roy Williamson
(Musician, Singer-songwriter)
Roy Williamson
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Birthdate: June 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 12, 1990
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Greg Holden
(Singer-songwriter)
Greg Holden
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Birthdate: February 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
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Jackie Leven
(Songwriter, Folk musicians)
Jackie Leven
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Birthdate: June 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: November 14, 2011
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Benny Gallagher
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Birthdate: June 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Largs, Scotland
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Phamie Gow
(Composer)
Phamie Gow
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Birthdate: December 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Scottish Borders, Scotland
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Lady Grizel Baillie
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Birthdate: December 25, 1665
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marchmont House, Scotland
Died: December 6, 1746
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Rachel Newton
(Harpist,)
Rachel Newton
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Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
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Carolina Nairne
(Songwriter)
Carolina Nairne
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Birthdate: August 16, 1766
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perthshire, Scotland
Died: October 26, 1845