Alannah wins Soundwaves 2016

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Alannah Moar did the Mearns proud after winning the Soundwaves Music Competition held at the O2 ABC in Glasgow on Saturday, January 9.

Over the past six months singer and songwriter Alannah made her way through four rounds of different types of auditions, and fought off tough competition from around 300 other acts, to win her place in the final 12 of the competition.

Competition was tough, with all the acts putting on stellar performances.

Alannah performed two of her own compositions and got the audience to sing along with her to the well-known tune ‘Loch Lomond’ which was very well received.

The winner was decided through the judges comments, a public vote and ticket sales.

Alannah was supported on the night by friends and family.

She told the Leader: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support by buying tickets, texting votes and offering words of encouragement.

“It’s because of you that I have won.”

Alannah , who is only 17, has been singing seriously for the the past four years and the judges compared her to the likes of Ellie Goulding.

As part of her prize, Alannah won an exposure package including a a full day of recording at Scotland’s top recording studio, radio airplay, and more.

The final of Soundwaves comprised 12 of the best unsigned acts in Scotland and was played in front of a capacity crowd and industry judges at the O2 ABC Glasgow main stage where the likes of George Ezra and Sam Smith have performed sell-out gigs.

The panel of expert judges, included some of the Scotland’s biggest radio stars.

In the end all of Alannah’s hard work paid off and she truly smashed her performance leaving victorious as the winner.

She added:“Performing in-front of so many people who were singing along to me was a life changing experience, I just loved it”

Olivia Lawson, who appeared in the last series of The Voice, was also one of the final 12.