Former student wins top music award

A former Edinburgh College music student and singer Molly MacDermott, known on stage as MOMAC, is celebrating after being named winner of the youth category at the Unsigned Music Awards in London.

The 17-year-old fought off stiff competition from 4,000 other entrants to win the top prize.

Talking to the Edinburgh Evening News this week, MOMAC said: “I just wasn’t expecting to win at all. I’m so pleased, the last year has been a whirlwind. It was such a snazzy event, the best way I can describe it was like being at the Brit Awards.”

The competition was hosted by MTV’s Laura Whitmore and Chris Stark from The Scott Mills Show.

A panel of more than 100 experts from the music industry judged the competition and only 80 entrants were shortlisted for an award.

Molly entered the competition with four songs from her latest EP, produced by Leith-based David Whitmey.

Molly continued: “For years song writing was just a hobby for me. As a youngster I would just doodle but as I got older, I realised it was something I really wanted to do. I hope to become a professional songwriter one day, whether it’s writing my own songs or for other people.”

Mr Whitmey, founder of Music Base in Leith, said: “I’m delighted for MOMAC, even though it’s hardly a surprise really. Molly creates music that is just a little left field of everyone else right now and it’s so refreshing to hear that depth in an artist so young. She’s making it all happen herself and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”