Paisley singer-songwriter Lisa Kowalski is to play a gig at Glasgow’s King Tuts – on her Eighteenth birthday.
Hard working Lisa is determined to build a career in music and a lot of items on Lisa Kowalski’s bucket list are music related. So far in her short career she has already ticked off a few things including releasing her first EP, playing a festival headline stage, performing on TV, meeting her original inspiration Taylor Swift and supporting a few more well-established artists.
Lisa still has a big list of things she wishes to accomplish, but one major barrier is about to be reached – turning 18.
Having been a performer and a local music fan for the last four years, 17-year-old Lisa was getting increasingly frustrated that, as an under, she could neither perform or go and see her favourite bands and artists at certain gigs and venues.
Glasgow’s iconic King Tuts was often the venue for an event Lisa really wanted to attend but wasn’t able to. This situation is all about to change on 6th February when Lisa is going to celebrate coming of age by headlining King Tuts on the night of her 18th.
Lisa told Renfrewshire News: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to perform old songs and some new material in a venue that’s so iconic! I also have an incredible artist lined up to support me, Megan D. I’ve been loving her EP and it’s amazing to have a musician that I greatly admire in the line up!”
Salute Music UK run an innovative new signwriting competition designed to discover under the radar song writing talent from across the UK.
Lisa entered their first contest in summer 2017 with a rough demo of a song she had written and had filmed at her fortnightly singing lesson. Despite competing with more experienced artists and polished and produced tracks and videos, the panel of industry judges selected the song “I do” from thousands of entries to make the top 100.
The public was then asked to vote over several weeks for their favourite songs and the top six made the final, with a £10,000 cash prize paid to each and £50,000 to the overall winner.
Lisa found out in November that she was a finalist and would be winning a prize that will allow her to realise a lot of musical goals for 2018 and continue to progress her career. The prize also included the arrangement of a Home Town gig for each finalist and it was the absolute icing on the cake when Lisa learned that this would not only be in the legendary King Tuts but would also fall on the very night she turned 18.
The prize money will be officially presented on the night.
Minesh Patel of Salute UK says: “Salute was launched to give grassroots music makers the opportunity to not only connect with new audiences using the ground-breaking technology and platform, but also empower them to take control of their music career.
“Lisa, whose talent got her to the finals, thoroughly deserves headlining her own gig at the iconic King Tuts. In 2018 we aim to further open up opportunities for grassroots Salute Music Makers to play at iconic grassroots venues across the UK.
“They can emulate Lisa and perform at their own headline gig in a venue they may not have been able to play before becoming a Salute Music Maker”.
Lisa has a lot of other aims and wishes for the year ahead and, as is usually the way for emerging musicians, some will make it, and some won’t. Receiving an invaluable cash sum to invest in her music, as well as a public recognition of her songwriting talent, provides a brilliant foundation on which to build.
The night at King Tuts is hopefully the start of many things but regardless of what comes next, Lisa will never forget being able to share such an exciting event with friends, family and fans on the long awaited night on which she turns 18.
Lisa’s show will be held at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 8.30pm. She will be supported by Megan D.