WIGTOWN starlet Zoë Bestel’s debut single, 35 Missed Calls, crashed into the Amazon Best Sellers Folk Music Chart at number three less than three days after it was released.
The single, produced at Unit 7 Studio in Bladnoch and released by local label Distilled Records, has been picking up rave reviews and radio airplay both nationally and internationally.
The video for the 14-year old’s single, also produced locally by Picto Productions, racked up 2000 hits in less than a week on YouTube.
Zoe told The Gazette: “I was shocked and so happy to see that I was at third in the top 100. I never expected it to do so well. I’m getting such a big response to my music, it’s quite overwhelming. I’m so excited. People are messaging and emailing me to say that they’ve just discovered my music and that they love it. I’m just so grateful to everyone for all their support in making this so successful and so very special.”
Distilled Records manager David Oldham is thrilled by this early success.
He said: “Zoë works hard at what she does and she also has a great management team behind her. We really hope this acts as a launch pad for bigger things - she definitely has the talent and with the continued support from the people of Dumfries and Galloway there is no reason why she shouldn’t become a big success.”
Zoë played to a packed Belted Galloway in Newton Stewart last Friday as part of her single launch celebrations and on the Saturday she preformed to a full acoustic tent at the Comlongon Castle Rocks charity music event. As part of the Wigtown Spring Festival, Zoe also played to a sold out Old Bank Bookshop on Sunday,
Zoë has over a dozen gigs booked already between now and August, all in the Dumfries and Galloway area, and information on where and when as well information on how to get a copy of 35 Missed Calls can be found at www.zoebestel.co.uk.