Calum Scott

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Calum Scott
2018-05-21 Calum Scott-9258 (cropped).jpg
Calum Scott in 2018
Born (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 33)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2013–present
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Musical career
OriginKingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
Associated acts
Scott Calum signature.svg

Calum Scott (born 12 October 1988[1]) is a British singer and songwriter.

In April 2015, he became known worldwide after competing on the ITV talent contest Britain's Got Talent, where he performed his version of Robyn's hit "Dancing on My Own". After coming sixth in the contest, He released his version as a single the following year, which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and became Britain's best-selling single of summer 2016.

Scott later signed with Capitol and in 2017, released the single "You Are the Reason", which was included on his 2018 debut album Only Human, which reached number 4 on the UK Albums Chart.[2] Later in 2018, he collaborated with Leona Lewis to release a duet version of the single "You Are the Reason".

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, to parents Debbie Burton and Kevin Scott, and grew up around the Yorkshire area, mainly North Ferriby and Kingston upon Hull. His parents split up when he was two years old, and his father moved to Canada. He has a younger sister, Jade, who is also a singer. Scott played the drums, and his sister later encouraged him to sing. Prior to his fame, he worked in human resources.


2013–2015: Career beginning and Britain's Got Talent[edit]

On 15 August 2013, Scott won the talent competition Mail's Star Search, organised by Hull Daily Mail.[3][4] He then joined a Maroon 5 tribute band, Maroon 4, and toured around the United Kingdom.[5] In 2014 he formed the electronic duo, The Experiment with John McIntyre.[6] The debut single, "Girl (You're Beautiful)", was released on 14 June.[7] The duo performed the song on Good Morning Britain and BBC Look North, but after, broke up.[8][9] [10]

On 11 April 2015, Scott's audition for the ninth series of Britain's Got Talent was broadcast on ITV. Just before his audition, his sister Jade also auditioned but was stopped early on both of her songs by Simon Cowell. Jade received four "No" votes from David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.

Despite obvious nerves at seeing his sister get rejected, Calum performed a cover of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own", which he had heard Kings of Leon performing on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in 2013. Following a standing ovation from the judging panel, Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer giving Scott an automatic place in the live shows. Explaining his decision to send Scott straight to the semi-finals, Cowell said:

"I've never ever in all the years I've done this show heard a guy with the talent you've got. Seriously. And the version was sensational, and that shows to me that actually, you're more than a singer, you're an artist, and that's why you got that (the buzzer)."

After this audition, Scott received support from stars such as Little Mix and Ashton Kutcher.[11]

Following his appearance on the show's first episode, his Twitter followers jumped from 400 to over 25,000.[12] The video of his audition has been viewed over 321 million times on YouTube. In the semi-final on 29 May, Scott performed "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart. Walliams commented "You really sound like a recording artist", whilst Alesha Dixon suggested that he could have "success around the world". He won the semi-final with 25.6% of the vote, sending him straight through to the final. In the final on 31 May, Scott performed "Diamonds" by Rihanna and finished sixth out of 12 contestants with 8.2% of the vote. After Britain's Got Talent, Scott embarked on a series of shows around the United Kingdom, including Viking FM Future Star Awards, Flamingo Land Resort Fair, Westwood Cross Shopping Centre's tenth anniversary, Gibraltar Summer Nights, Hull Daily Mail's Star and Dartford Festival.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

2016–2018: Only Human[edit]

Scott performing live at the Tabernacle, United Kingdom, in 2016.

Scott released his cover of "Dancing on My Own" independently on 15 April 2016. It became a sleeper hit, first hitting number 40 in the charts in May and climbing into the top 40 despite little radio airplay apart from on West Hull FM. It was then added to Radio 2's "C List" and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart on 5 August. In August 2016, it was certified platinum in the UK, having sold over 600,000 copies.[19] Scott announced on Twitter on 24 May that he had inked a record deal with Capitol Records, where he was signed by A&R Executive Alex Wilhelm.[20][21] Scott performed the song at television shows BBC Look North, Lorraine, Weekend, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Brazilian show Encontro com Fátima Bernardes.[22] He also promoted the song on several radio stations, including BBC Radio Humberside, Viking FM, Radio Gibraltar, BFBS Radio and Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation.[23][24][25] On 16 September, he released the promotional single "Transformar" with Brazilian recording artist Ivete Sangalo as official theme of 2016 Summer Paralympics Games.[26] They performed the song at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics on 18 September.[27] It was revealed in September 2016 that "Dancing on My Own" was the most downloaded song of the summer in the UK.[28]

In 2017, he toured the US and released the single "You Are the Reason". Also in 2017, he began working on his debut album, Only Human, which was released on 9 March 2018. A new version of "You Are the Reason" was released ahead of the album in early 2018 as a collaboration with Leona Lewis, and was performed by the two on The One Show in February 2018. In May, Scott released "What I Miss Most" as the fourth single from Only Human.

In October 2018, Scott released a new single titled "No Matter What". Upon release, Scott said:

"'No Matter What' is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of. It's a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn't just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole. This song didn't make my debut album because I simply wasn't ready at that time to give it to the world."[29]

2019–present: Upcoming second album[edit]

In September 2020, Scott partnered with American watch company Bulova on the development of a music documentary series titled "Minutes with Calum", which explores the creative process behind his upcoming second album through the lens of Bulova.[30]

In March 2021, Scott digitally released his first EP, titled Only Acoustic, which featured acoustic renditions of songs from his debut album. The following month, he released two more EPs; Only Collabs and Only Love.

On June 11, 2021, Scott released a new single, titled "Biblical". In July 2021, Scott collaborated with Belgian artist Lost Frequencies singing on a song titled "Where Are You Now", which was released on July 30, 2021.

Personal life[edit]

Scott is gay. He has said he had issues with his sexuality when growing up, but since becoming an adult, he is confident about it.[31]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Release details Peak chart positions Certifications

Only Human
  • Released: 9 March 2018
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
4 5 35 27 19 75 26 7 66

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Only Acoustic
  • Released: 26 March 2021[43]
  • Label: Capitol/UMG
  • Format: Digital download
Only Collabs
  • Released: 12 April 2021[44]
  • Label: Capitol/UMG
  • Format: Digital download
Only Love
  • Released: 23 April 2021[45]
  • Label: Capitol/UMG
  • Format: Digital download
Only Live
  • Released: 21 May 2021
  • Label: Capitol/UMG
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Dancing on My Own" 2016 2 2 19 41 8 4 14 5 1 4 93 Only Human
"Rhythm Inside" 90 23
"You Are the Reason"
(solo and duet version with Leona Lewis)
2017 43 27 [A] 76 55 6 [B] [C]
"What I Miss Most"[59][60] 2018 83
"No Matter What"[61] 137 [D] [E] 53 Only Human: Special Edition
(with Naughty Boy and Shenseea)
2019 Bungee Jumping
"Biblical" 2021 [F] TBA
"Where Are You Now"[64]
(with Lost Frequencies)
39 4 60 8
6 [G] 11
"Rise"[70] [I]
"Love Is Just a Word"
(with Jasmine Thompson)[72]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Light Us Up"
(Matrix & Futurebound featuring Calum Scott)
2017 Non-album single
"Give Me Love"
(Don Diablo featuring Calum Scott)
2018 Future
"Love on Myself"[73]
(Felix Jaehn featuring Calum Scott)
2019 Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Transformar (Change)"[74]
(with Ivete Sangalo)
2016 Non-album single

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits
"The Joke Is on Me" 2018 Boyzone Thank You & Goodnight Co-writer


  1. ^ "You Are the Reason" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 50, peaked at number 24 on the Ultratip chart.[34]
  2. ^ "You Are the Reason" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 1 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[56]
  3. ^ "You Are the Reason" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[57]
  4. ^ "No Matter What" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop 50, peaked at number 46 on the Ultratip chart.[34]
  5. ^ "No Matter What" did not enter the Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 30 on the Canada AC chart.[62]
  6. ^ "Biblical" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 55 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart.[63]
  7. ^ "Where Are You Now" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 39 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[67]
  8. ^ "Where Are You Now" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 10 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[69]
  9. ^ "Rise" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 67 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart.[71]


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Director
"Yours" 2015 Astor Production[75]
"When We Were Young" Shoot J Moore[76]
"Dancing on My Own" 2016 Ryan Pallotta[77]
"Dancing on My Own" (Tiësto Remix) Josh Killacky and David Moore[78]
"Rhythm Inside" 2017 Howard Greenhalgh[79]
"You Are the Reason" 2018 Frank Borin
"You Are the Reason" (Duet version) (with Leona Lewis) Richard Pengelley[80]
"What I Miss Most" Ozzie Pullin
"No Matter What"

As collaborative artist[edit]

Title Year Director
"Transformar (Change)" 2016 Radamés Venâncio

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Director
"Give Me Love" 2018 Patrick Van Der Wal


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 National Reality Television Awards "Best Performance" Britain's Got Talent Nominated
2017 Brit Awards "British Single of the Year" Dancing on My Own Nominated


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