Songwriting

Lanarkshire student celebrates release of debut single


A music student from Lanarkshire put her theory into practice by releasing her first single.

Catriona Johnston, 21, studies music at New College Lanarkshire (NCL) and used what she learned to work on her own songwriting.

Titled “Ophelia”, her very first single deals with themes of mental health and her own personal battles.



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Inspiration for the song came to Catriona as she read Hamlet and turned the character of Ophelia into a metaphor for sanity.

She said Lanarkshire Live: “I started with the melody on my keyboard and the song grew from there.

“I used my computer and some software to keep composing the song, then I started to get a feel for the lyrics and it all fell into place.



Other people who studied at New College Lanarkshire include Lewis Capaldi

“A friend of mine recorded the guitar on the song for me and mixed the song together, then it was done.

“Everything was done at home and the end result is something that I’m really happy with.”

Her piece easily doubled as a college course for which Catriona had to choose an artist who inspired her during the production of the piece.

Choose Radiohead, Ophelia is a slow ballad style track with great inspirations from the British band.

The course at NCL has a rich history of producing enormous talent, such as Lewis Capaldi and Paige Turley.

Catriona said: “Obviously there have been a lot of people who have studied this course.

“It would be a dream to have similar success to them.

“I’ve taken the first step now and released some of my own music, which is the hardest part.

“We’ll just see what happens now with the song and the future.”

You can stream the new song on Soundcloud now.

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