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VÂN SCOTT

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Indie pop singer / songwriter Scott Oatley aka Vân Scott has had the quiet success many only dream of.
A sought-after singer in the Hollywood session scene, he’s had the opportunity to sing for renowned film composers like Danny Elfman and Michael Giacchino, influential music producers such as Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Mike Elizondo, sung on blockbuster scores for Mulan (2020) and La La Land, and performed as a background vocalist for The Voice, to name just a few of his credits.
Now Vân Scott is poised to break out on a larger scale when he releases his debut album in 2021. His latest single, “Starry Eyed,” out now on AWAL, was written in the wake of his best friend’s coming out. It was a tender period that included many tough conversations. “I had to re-examine my views on faith and sexuality,” says Scott. “I was faced with challenging questions about what exactly I believed.” Scott became isolated while guarding his friend’s secret, which only he knew. One night, feeling particularly alone and overwhelmed, Scott retreated to his studio where he sent up a wordless prayer in the form of a faint whistle and a melancholy melody (the same whistle that opens up the track) in hopes of finding some catharsis. “Before I knew it, my feelings existed in sonic form. And to just sit in my studio, with the lights off and the music on loop was incredibly healing for my soul. There’s something expressly vulnerable and spiritual that inhabits that part of this song.”

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