Paisley singer Lisa Kowalski unveils debut music video about her hometown
Paisley singer-songwriter Lisa Kowalski has unveiled her very first music video - inspired by the positivity of her hometown.
“Hearts of Gold” recounts the 17-year-old’s experiences of busking on Paisley High Street since the age of 14 and the wave of support she has received from local people.
The video sees the up-and-coming singer joined by a crowd of fellow Buddies – including St Mirren Football Club mascot, the Paisley Panda, and youngsters from PACE Youth Theatre – as they dance along Paisley High Street and around some of the town’s iconic landmarks.
Lisa was awarded funding from Renfrewshire’s Culture Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund towards her debut EP “Free Spirits” and the filming of a music video for her single “Hearts of Gold”.
The CHE fund aims to raise cultural ambition, enhance participation and unlock creative potential in Renfrewshire.
It is one of the key legacies of Paisley’s 2021 bid for UK City of Culture and has so far supported 80 projects to the tune of more than £630,000.
Paisley was the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2021 competition alongside Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea and Coventry, which took the title.
Lisa’s video was filmed by local youth arts organisation Create Paisley, which has worked closely with Lisa in recent years through a number of song-writing programmes and events.
After unveiling her first music video, Lisa Kowalski said: "I've received so much support in Paisley since starting my music career and it only felt fair to give something back to show how grateful I am.
“It was so much fun to film and I was so happy that a lot of people turned up to take part. I absolutely love the way it turned out!
“I really think this video captures the amazing community and talent this town has to offer and the happiness that Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid has caused. Although we missed out on the title, we've still come really far and achieved so much in this journey and I believe that this town and the people in it will only continue to excel."
The release marks the end of a successful year for the young musician after she reached the final six of Salute Music UK’s Top 100 competition in October.
Lisa’s original song “I Do” was selected by a panel of music industry judges to be one of 100 songs from over 2000 entries in the competition.
Renfrewshire Council Leader and Convenor of the Leadership Board, Councillor Iain Nicholson said: “Lisa’s video really captures the pride of Paisley and the positive journey around the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid – and it’s great to see another fantastic project benefiting from Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.
“The CHE Fund has already supported amazing talent in the area, such as filmmaker Morgan Spence’s spectacular Lego animation about Paisley, a collaboration between local group right2dance and the internationally renowned Sir Matthew Bourne's Re:Bourne company and much more.
“This funding is an important part of the legacy of Paisley's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and will continue to shine a spotlight on local talent across Renfrewshire.”
Applications for the next round of Renfrewshire’s CHE Fund should be submitted by February 12th 2018.