"Undoubtedly one of the USA’s hidden gems...
[Vân Scott] clearly has a
gift for writing songs..."
- Gig Goer
"...it's hard to understand how he's somehow avoided the limelight as long as he has. His talent is unstoppable..."
It's "Vân Scott's time to step out of the background!"
Many people around the world have heard alt-pop singer / songwriter Scott Oatley aka Vân Scott’s voice, but they probably didn’t know it. As a sought-after singer in the Hollywood session scene, Scott has had the chance to perform on some of the industry’s most well-known projects. Since his first professional recording session as part of the High School Music 3: Senior Year cast, he’s had the opportunity to sing for renowned film composers like Danny Elfman and Michael Giacchino, sung on blockbuster scores for La La Land, Jurassic World, and Sing, been a featured singer on ABC's Black-ish and FOX's The Simpsons, and has performed as a background vocalist for The Oscars and The Voice, to name just a few of his credits. But now, Scott has turned the spotlight on his own artistry, putting his multi-instrumental talent and songwriting skills front and center.
Vân Scott began releasing singles and videos at the end of 2019 while finishing songs for his debut album, Almost Gone (AWAL / Oat Brand Music), which came out in July of 2021. During the recording process, he was fortunate enough to be mentored by influential music producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and Mike Elizondo. “There was one afternoon I spent with Rodney where we talked for hours about production philosophy,” says Scott. “I played him a bunch of demos that day and he gave me tips on how I should approach the productions.” “As for Mike,” says Scott, “I used to meet with him pretty regularly at his studio to play my latest demos. He always gave me invaluable feedback and helped me uncover more of my own unique voice, at the same time introducing me to obscure artists I’d never heard of for inspiration. Eventually, I reached a point where I walked in with my first three singles off the album, and we both knew it was time to record and share those songs.”
A recent graduate from Berklee School of Music’s inaugural Songwriting and Production Master’s program at BerkleeNYC, Scott chose to spend his time at school this past year focusing on his next major artist project, his sophomore album. As part of the Berklee program, Scott studied and recorded at the legendary Power Station Studios in Manhattan, under the direction of Will Wells, a Grammy and Oscar-nominated writer, producer, and performer. The decision to start afresh across the country in order to formally study his craft was a bold and focused move that now enables Vân Scott to be a bicoastal writer, producer, and performer.
September saw the release of Vân Scott’s infatuating and upbeat new single “Impress You.” It is the first from Scott’s upcoming LP titled Songs I Never Wrote due out Summer 2023. The full-length album will be released gradually, song by song over the next several months. His second single “Long Long Time” is now available for pre-save ahead of its October 28 drop.
To celebrate the new singles and upcoming album release, Scott is hitting the road for his bicoastal “Look Mom, No Vân!” Tour, partnering with Sofar Sounds to play intimate, grassroots shows tailored to music lovers with a soft spot for artist discovery. He’ll complete his 2022 touring with Sofar performances in the Northeast, from Boston down to Washington, D.C. To view remaining dates and purchase tickets, click HERE.
The first song that Scott wrote for the new album was actually his very first homework assignment at BerkleeNYCl. He was given a prompt to write about someone that he hadn’t spoken to in a long time that had made a lasting impact. Almost automatically, he wrote a song called “Taylor” about an ex-girlfriend from ten years ago that broke his heart in such a way that he never fully recovered. “My first album was personal, but a lot more introspective as I wrestled with my own doubts and beliefs,” Scott explains. “Writing ‘Taylor’ was like breaking through a dam of hidden hurts to a different kind of personal. I’ve been holding on to so many aspects of my love life as secret wounds, but now I’m finally letting go of them, sharing my stories as songs. It’s been more healing for me than I expected. After playing many of these songs live for audiences over the past year, I’ve been able to hear other people’s stories of similar struggles. And there’s a mutual comfort in knowing you’re not the only one dealing with pain and insecurities in love.
Sincere and true to himself, Vân Scott’s journey has only just begun. His single (and Track 3 from the debut album), “What’s Coming Next?'' was recently declared the Overall Grand Prize winner of the 2021 USA Songwriting Competition. Although he will be leaving the Big Apple to make Los Angeles his home again in 2023, Vân Scott will continue to foster his bicoastal fanbase and relationship with more touring opportunities as he promotes each new song. Like his musical influences Coldplay, John Mayer, Mutemath, and ‘70s icons, like Elton John, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, Scott hopes that his music encourages others to embrace who they are, and to be their best self.