Singing Kirkcaldy firefighter Stevie McCrorie has thanked everyone for their support in helping to make his dream come true after winning BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ on Saturday.
But the 30-year-old told The Press he is hoping his bosses will keep his job open at Dunnikier Road fire station just in case a career in music doesn’t work out.
Stevie is currently in talks with the fire service about taking a career break so he can capitalise on his success and try to make it in the music industry.
The local firefighter, who is a member of Blue Watch, spoke to the Press yesterday (Wednesday) after his storming performance on the live show watched by over 6.5 million people on BBC1.
He beat off strong competition from Lucy O’Byrne in the grand final of ‘The Voice’, filmed at Elstree Studios, and saw his debut single ‘Lost Stars’ - released at midnight on Saturday - go straight to number one in one of the download charts. A video for the single has also been shot and is due to be released this week.
Stevie said: “It hasn’t sunk in - it still feels like a dream at the moment. But I want to take confidence from the fact that I won.
“It’s like the feeling of winning the lottery, it’s hard to take it all in and I still can’t believe it’s happened!
“I’m talking to the fire service and hoping to take a career break but I’m just waiting to see if I can do that. I want to make sure that I can provide for my family.”
The father-of-one has signed with Decca Records and is looking to make an album - he is also being managed by the same company which represents singer Ella Henderson.
On being offered a slot at this year’s T In The Park, he said: “That is almost 100 per cent confirmed. Playing gigs like that is amazing and I would love to be able to do some gigs with Ricky and the Kaiser Chiefs.
“I would also love to sing with people like Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics and Paulo Nutini in the future.
‘‘But at the moment I just want to focus on becoming Stevie McCrorie the artist.”
Stevie was due to be back at work at Kirkcaldy Fire Station this weekend, but he is taking some more time off as he promotes his new single.
He has also been on a whirlwind of promotional and media work, appearing on ‘The One Show’ and also Radio One.
Stevie continued: “My ultimate dream is to have a log fire - once I get that I will be able to say I have made it!
‘‘I’m just a normal guy. I don’t want to have my own plane or a yacht - I just want to provide a decent living for my family and be comfortable, doing something I love.”
He added: “I have thanked my work colleagues and everyone who has supported me. It has been amazing and I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for them. It’s a dream come true.”
Stevie is due to return to Scotland today to see his family and make an appearance at his local pub in Alva.