Born To Sing
With over three decades of experience Colin Scougall continues to perform with as much enthusiasm as ever, refusing to let a life-changing leg injury prevent him from doing what he loves to do most – sing. He is a committed and dedicated professional who believes in giving every audience complete value for money.
“A Colin Scougall show is not just a concert, it’s an amazing event full of humour, love and tremendous stage craft” – Carole Anders (Actor)
Born on 10th March 1967 to an Accountant Father and Hospital Clerk Mother, he is the youngest of four sons. As a little boy he dreamed of becoming a professional singer or a teacher. After leaving school at the age of sixteen he had many jobs, including Assistant Manager of a florist shop, but it was whilst booking live bands as Manager of a trendy café bar that he realised performing was his forte.
After a summer season as a Blue Coat Entertainer at Pontins Weston-Super-Mare, Colin went on to study Performing Arts for 2 years at Coatbridge College where he gained merit awards for both Singing and Acting. He then studied Modern Musicianship at Jewel & Esk Valley College in Edinburgh. Once graduated he released his debut CD ‘Broken Windows’.
Colin Scougall’s recording career has been varied with highlights including recording Jazz in New York City and producing a compilation of show tunes for a forty-piece choir. He lists his musical influences as Jazz, Easy Listening, Funk and Musical Theatre – all these styles are apparent on both his recorded work and at his live shows.
Parts played on stage have included Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Tony in West Side Story and an Ugly Sister in Cinderella! In the nineties he acted on TV many times and took a lead role in a film, but it is music where Colin’s heart lies. He has written several songs, one of which found its way onto the soundtrack of an award winning international movie. He has also finished writing an album of his own songs which he hopes will appear in the comedy musical play he is currently writing.
Colin spent 1995-97 as Artistic Director to Monklands Youth Theatre and North Lanarkshire Youth Theatre.
After performing in New York City in the summer of ’97, Colin returned home to open The Colin Scougall Theatre School. The school offered an extensive education of Theatre Arts to young stars of tomorrow from age 8 upwards. It ran until 2015 when Colin retired from children’s theatre to look after his Mum who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – this came as a double blow as he had lost his Father to the disease in 2013 having borne the condition for seven years.
Professionally, the new millennium has been good to Colin. He has performed in Europe, produced his own documentary and has won an award for his charity work. In 2008 Colin found himself in demand as a Theatre Director producing three stage shows.
2010 saw Colin celebrate 25 years on stage with a planned concert but unfortunately, he became seriously ill and had to cancel. He didn’t work again until 2012. He spent two years recovering but is now back stronger than ever. Colin will be eternally grateful for the efforts of Glasgow performing legends and dear friends Robert & May Miller who mentored him and encouraged him back into the entertainment business at that time. www.roberthairmiller.co.uk
September 2015 saw Colin wow the audience in a sold-out concert at Cumbernauld Theatre to celebrate his 30 years on stage – a feat he repeated at the same venue in March 2017 with his 50th Birthday Concert – leaving the stage at the end of the show to standing ovations on both occasions. The 2017 show marked his return to stage after recovering from the most horrific leg break which he incurred one week after the 2015 show. The injury was sustained during a horse riding accident and resulted in a compound fracture needing four operations to correct the leg. The injury has left Colin with limited mobility but he carries on as the true professional and survivor that he is.
2017 saw Colin tour with The Jim Clelland Trio performing Songs From The Great American Songbook in theatres around Scotland. He also performed for the first time in Motherwell Civic Theatre with his full band in Songs Of Stage & Screen with special guests Lorna Murray, Kirsten Lee and The Grace Notes Choir.
January 2018 Colin returned to Milano Cumbernauld for a weekend residency. www.milanoglasgow.com
When not performing in Milano or in a theatre show Colin can be found at numerous corporate events throughout Scotland fronting his nine-piece function band Col And The Gang. www.colandthegang.com
In 2018 Colin released his first new studio album in 10 years - Smooth Operator.
Colin will tour theatres in 2019 with his band in The Great Crooners show and will release I’ll Be Your Audience - the follow up album to Smooth Operator - marking his third release with Cody Records.