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Family tragedy inspires Inverness singer


By Louise Glen

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Emma Davidson.
Picture: Gary Anthony
Emma Davidson. Picture: Gary Anthony

A singer from Inverness who sprang to fame when she recorded a song about the tragic death of her relatives has released a second single.

Emma Davidson (29), from Smithton, was christened the “Scottish Adele” when she released Guiding Light in the wake of a family tragedy.

Now she has now gone on to record her second single, Rush, which has just been released on social media channels.

Mrs Davidson, who is a full-time childminder, said writing lyrics and music has helped her to understand what is going on in the world at the moment.

Her first recording was all about her love for her sister-in-law Gemma (26), who was killed with her husband Rhys (25) and children Peyton (3) and one-year-old Heidi in a horror crash in February.

Rhys and Gemma Cousin.
Rhys and Gemma Cousin.

The song urged people not to think about the end of their lives, but of the love that the young family shared with everyone they met.

Mrs Davidson said: “I have always been musical, but I am very shy, so putting my music out there for people was very scary.

“But the response to Guiding Light has been unbelievable. It was some way for me to find a release for my own grief, and it touched the hearts of so many people.

“That was an absolute privilege to share just how wonderful my family is.”

Over the first few weeks after its release, more than 100,000 people listened to the song on social media. Mrs Davidson’s voice was described by critics as “like a Scottish Adele”.

She said: “I never really expected it. It has made me think about other things that I want to write.

“These songs and my music are a way of helping me cope with everything that is happening in the world. I find it therapeutic. It is a way of helping me process everything.”

She added: “I have not been able to stop writing and I am really enjoying it.”

Mrs Davidson’s husband Marc, who is in a band himself, has been helping her in their home studio.

She said: “I want to thank every person for the support. It has been incredible.”

To listen to Rush, and to keep up-to-date with Mrs Davidson’s music, follow facebook.com/davidson.emma.music

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