Jared Celosse has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Stewart Cruickshank Bursary for songwriting.

The song which won him the award, β€˜New Orleans (Esca)’, was produced with Stephen A Watkins, who has previously worked with the likes of TeenCanteen, Paws, Solareye and Broken Records.

The 23-year-old singer, who grew up in Prague with Dutch and English parents, moved to Glasgow in 2014 to study music and philosophy.

Celosse was initially spotted by Carla J. Easton who directed him towards the Glasgow label Olive Grove Records, who in 2017 put out an EP of four songs he had recorded in his bedroom studio while still a teenager.

The bursary, in memory of the broadcasting legend who passed away in 2014, was judged by traditional musician David Francis, David Scott of Pearlfishers fame, former Delgado Emma Pollock, Scottish Music Centre head Gill Maxwell, music manager Ronnie Gurr, songwriter Kim Edgar, and radio producer Richard Bull.

The runners-up were, firstly, Beth Malcolm, and Rosie Sullivan , while also shortlisted were Caragh Keith, Christopher Foran, Claire Laurenson,
Empress, Luki, Rachel Jack, Samuel Johnston.

The winning song will come out on Olive Grove along with five other songs, this summer.

More can be read about the award process here.