Portpatrick rapper wins top prize

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Portpatrick rapper Lewis Schofield – who performs under the stage name SCOPE – has won a top music prize.

Lewis, who is just 18, triumphed at one of Scotland’s biggest music competitions in Glasgow on Friday evening at The Bridge Auditorium.

The competition is an annual event for upcoming artists in Scotland to compete and showcase there talents in front of 200 people known as the City of Sounds annual competition.

More than 200 applicants sent in videos and songs to the music industry experts at City of Sounds – and Lewis was one of the four shortlisted to participate in the final last Friday.

The competition entails the four acts playing three of their chosen songs on the final stage.

The audience includes music industry experts, record label A+Rs, STV representatives and a journalist from The Grid Magazine, who all were apart of the judging process.

The judging was concluded by an overall vote from the audience and the music and media industry experts.

Lewis has been mentored recently by Maeve O’Boyle, a Glasgow-born singer and songwriter performed for the Pope in Bellahouston Park last year. He paid tribute to her, saying: “It was a great experience to work with somebody with such great knowledge of the music industry and so much experience as a recording and performing artist.”

For his prize, Lewis gets an official iTunes release, an interview with STV, a professional music video and photo shoot, a write-up in The Grid Magazine mentoring with a distribution company and an introduction to a record label.

Lewis added: “On the night, prior to jumping on stage, I had the most intense sensation of butterflies.

“During my performance it really was adrenaline pumping through my body which allowed my confidence on stage to shine through.

“I performed three tracks: Be Somebody, 5am In Toronto and finished with a bang performing for the first time my latest track Scotland.

“Scotland is about how I am proud to be a product of Scotland and how I want to be the first rapper to put us on the global map and shine through by inspiring music lovers and my generation.

“It was a phenomenal feeling. The entire crowd went crazy with all of my family and friends over the moon in the audience.”

The future now looks even brighter, with interest expressed in Lewis’s work from a number of record labels, with whom he has started talks.