When Dionne Hickey won the Fife Free Press ‘Voice of Fife’ competition back in 2011, she was a shy 17-year-old unsure about her talent.
Little did she think that less than three years later she would be heading to Thailand to perform in the Gay Pride concert on World Aids Day, or have a BBC documentary crew following her around over the last few months!
And having established herself as a dynamic vocalist on the professional circuit, Dionne’s star is set to rise even higher with the release of her debut single ‘Free Falling’ - a song she wrote herself.
“I started writing that song two years ago,” said the 19-year-old. “I had help from a friend on the guitar parts, but when I went into the studio to finally record it I changed it around completely, so it is really all my own work now.
“It’s got the same name, but it’s nothing to do with the Tom Petty song. I wrote it about my boyfriend at the time. He’s heard it and he loves it.”
Dionne hopes other people will love it too, including audiences who are more used to her running through a set list of popular hits from a diverse range of artists, everyone from Adele to Lionel Ritchie.
“I do my own version of Tracey Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ that’s a bit different from the original, but this is my first original recording.”
Dionne recorded her first composition at Andy Haldane’s home studio in one five-hour session.
She said: “It took us a long time to get all the harmonies right but we did it in one day. We’re also working on recording a few more songs for my EP.
“It’s my first single and I just don’t know what to expect. It puts my name out there a bit as someone who writes their own songs.
“I will still be singing covers at my gigs though, but, depending on where I am, I may start to put originals in. There have been a few gigs where I know some of the audience and I’ll sing one of my own songs.”
Always busy, when Dionne’s not studying event management at Edinburgh’s Napier University she is either singing at venues and events throughout central Scotland or turning into a real live Disney Princess for children’s parties.
Her calendar will be cleared later in the year though when she heads for Thailand to perform in the Gay Pride concert on World Aids Day.
“I was 12 the last time I was in Thailand, so I can’t wait to see it again.”
Before that Dionne’s fans can look forward to her starring in a BBC documentary about club and cabaret singers set for broadcast in the summer and, of course, the recorded fruits of her burgeoning songwriting talent.
People can download ‘Free Falling’ from itunes and visit www.reverbnation.com/dionnehickey for more information on the busy songstress.