Born and raised in Toronto, it was the gift of a guitar for his 10th birthday that eventually set the course for a life in music. A few lessons taught him how to play but it wasn’t until he discovered the songwriting of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd that he discovered that this was his passion. One particular rainy day at a friend’s cottage stands out as a musical epiphany for Scott.
“I’d heard a lot of music already, but I’d never listened to The Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd,” he says, reminiscing about that seminal afternoon. “We stole a couple cigarettes from his mom and found the album in his dad’s vinyl collection. I remember just staring at the cover. From the moment it started we were speechless. I was amazed at how moved I was by the lyrics. I remember thinking, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life trying to make something half as good as this.’”
Scott’s debut single from Augusta, “Bungalow,” became an international calling card earning him his first two JUNO award nominations, a platinum single and an electrifying live performance on the nationally telecast MuchMusic Video Awards. Before long he found himself sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Tegan & Sara and Shawn Mendes on multiple tours across Canada as well as opening U.S. and European tours for Walk Off The Earth.
In 2017, Scott released his first full-length album, Hotel De Ville which spawned the hits “Kinda Complicated” and the recently certified gold single “PDA.” The album earned Scott two more JUNO Award nominations including the coveted “Songwriter of the Year” nod. Scott is no stranger to the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, with 3 placements in the past 4 years peaking at #31 in 2015, and most recently #83 with “PDA”.
As a follow-up to “PDA,” Scott is set to release the song “Ripple Effect” as the next step in his burgeoning career. The release of the single will be accompanied by a series of remixes and a beautiful video that pays homage to John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
“Ripple Effect” exudes the kind of emotional maturity and self-realization that belies Scott’s age. He understands that the issues we have are a result of the ripple effects of all of the history that came before us. Through the song, Scott continues on to explore all the ways we can start fresh, free of patterns of the past.