Star Turn at Pride Festival means Ayrshire Singer Marriage Savior is in demand
A talented Ayrshire The singer rubbed shoulders with British rap star Tinchy Stryder – after being handpicked to perform a 20-minute set at the Northumberland Pride Festival.
Vinnie McKee, 26, says he’s still in dreamland after his performance in front of nearly 10,000 fans at People’s Park, Ashington, where Stryder starred.
And it was during a recent stage performance that prompted a talent scout’s unique offering to show up at Pride.
Days after accepting the invitation, Vinnie enjoyed the VIP treatment, a night at a luxury hotel, exclusive behind-the-scenes passes, and an unforgettable 20-minute set on the main stage – where he was greeted like a superstar.
Vinnie performed “Never Enough” by The Greatest Showman, “You’re a Superstar” by Love Inc, “Dancing on my Own”, the Calum Scott hit, before ending with his own song “Make you Mine”.
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Vinnie said Ayrshire Live: “It was amazing. The guy who asked me to go with him usually goes overseas around this time of year, but he was right in the hall I was singing in recently, so he literally got me. booked on site.
“He said to me, ‘We’re going to pay you a lot of money for a 20-minute set, put you in a five-star hotel, pay for all your transportation and I was like’ cool ‘.
“But I didn’t really know what that involved. Then I was told I was going to sing alongside Tinchy Stryder and I was like, “Oh my God! “
“So I did my 20 minute set, then I was backstage, literally standing next to Tinchy Stryder, who was waiting to continue. It was mental!
“And the whole audience was going crazy. It was unbelievable. And when I got off the stage, a lot of people wanted my contact details. “
Thanks to the massive exposure of the event, Vinnie was given the chance to record a single.
“Make you Mine” was one of the songs Vinnie performed on Pride and it will be available for release Nov. 15 on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and YouTube.
He said: “I wrote ‘Make you Mine’ myself and, since playing it, the organizers are now looking to book me for a few festivals over the next few months.
“And there is a chance that I sign at Manchester Pride in May, in front of 75,000; and I could also be at the Glasgow Winter Fest.
Vinnie’s social media accounts are also teeming with new followers.
Vinnie, who has worked at Sundrum since 2016 and performs at the resort twice a week, cut his teeth in showbiz when he trained at the UK Theater School at the age of six.
And from the age of 15, he attended the Academy of Performing Arts, so he’s no stranger to the entertainment world.
He has also sung in countries like Egypt and Spain and has performed on stage with Susan Boyle no less.
He said, “I have always sung. My mom always made me get up and sing, no matter where I was.
It was Vinnie’s suave tones that came to the rescue near the end of her Northumberland adventure – saving the day of a blushing bride and groom – back at her hotel.
Vinnie resumes the story: “When I got back to my hotel, there was a woman standing outside in a wedding dress.
“She told me that she and her husband were about to start their first dance – but they didn’t have a singer.
“So I went to their wedding, run over it and sang for their first dance and the whole crowd stood up and gave me a standing ovation!”
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