Clyne scoops award for second year running

A local singer and songwriter has won an award at the San Diego Music Awards this week for the second year running.

Colin Clyne, originally from Stonehaven, won the award for “Best Acoustic Act” at the American award ceremony on Monday night.

The former Mackie Academy pupil, who spends his time living between Stonehaven and San Diego with his wife and baby daughter, won the award for the first time last year. The award is decided on by an online public vote and has been previously been won by internationally acclaimed artists Jason Mraz and Jewel, as well as our local Stoney superstar.

Colin, who is an offshore worker when he’s not making music, will be one of the acts supporting the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at this year’s Open Air in the Square Hogmanay party.

Colin says his homeland has been very important in his career and having his Scottish roots were paramount to him winning the award.

Colin released his debut album “Doricana” this year which has been built on years of touring, and honing his acoustic guitar based mix of Celtic, folk and pop influences. The songs featured on the album are recorded and produced by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson, who has previously worked with the Rolling Stones and Burt Bacharach.

The singer has played in both solo and band mode and has been impressing crowds at venues ranging from Hollywood’s infamous Viper Room to the Scotland’s Tartan Heart Festival.

It seems times have changed slightly for Colin since becoming a father and the musician even bypassed the after party on Monday to go home with his family where his daughter enjoyed a rendition of Old MacDonald from her award winning Daddy before bedtime.