Gary Flockhart: Nina Nesbitt flies Edinburgh flag

Nina Nesbitt. Pic: Greg MacVean
Nina Nesbitt. Pic: Greg MacVean
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IN this space a couple of years back, I wrote a column saying that Edinburgh’s music scene was finally something to shout about after many years spent in Glasgow’s shadow.

I went on to say that a resurgent Auld Reekie had a wealth of music talent ready to break through, and that it was only a matter of time before one of our own went on to achieve mainstream success.

It’s hard to know how many times I’ve tipped local bands and singer-songwriters to do something over the years, but easy to remember how many times it’s actually panned out that way.

The answer to the first question is a loose loads of times; the answer to the second question is less than a handful of times.

This being so, I was delighted to see former Balerno High School pupil Nina Nesbitt storm straight into the UK Official Album Charts on Sunday as the week’s highest new entry.

Nina’s debut album, Peroxide, was actually perched upon the No.1 spot in the midweek charts, but dropped to a still very credible No.11 by the weekend.

There’s no big mystery as to why it fell so many places. It was simply a case of the album coming out in a week where numerous artists received a Brit Awards sales bounce.

We can’t ever know for sure how high Peroxide would have charted had it been released a little later, or earlier, but clearly the album would have at least entered the Top 10.

As such, I’m surprised the record company didn’t change the release date.

That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? I mean, artists performing at the Brits invariably see their sales go through the roof. So what was the thinking there? Or was there any thinking?

No matter, in becoming the first Edinburgh-born solo artist to have a hit album since KT Tunstall – and, by my reckoning, the youngest Edinburgh-born singer ever to have a Top 20 album – Nina has put our fair city back on the musical map.

Getting to No.11 with your debut album is not too shabby – and it’s only just the beginning for the talented teenager.