She used to write songs on the bus on the way to college.
Now, former Cardinal Newman student Rae Morris has signed a record deal with major label Atlantic and is tipped for the top.
The 19-year-old was signed by Universal Publishing’s Head of A and R, Caroline Elleray, who also signed Coldplay and Adele.
Less than a year after A Levels in music and drama at the Larkhill Road college, she has recorded her debut EP, with Noah and The Whale frontman Charlie Fink producing.
Rae, who penned some of her first songs on the college bus from Blackpool to Preston, will support Noah and the Whale at London’s Albert Hall and Manchester’s O2 Apollo, and Bombay Bicycle Club on their upcoming tour - including Blackpool Empress Ballroom in her hometown on April 27.
Rae, who lives with mum Lesley and dad Neil in Doncaster Road, Marton, Blackpool, has been at the centre of an A&R storm for almost a year.
She played a show in April at Preston’s Mad Ferret, where landlord Frazer Boon booked some of her first gigs, which was packed with record industry executives. She said: “I love Frazer, he’s done a lot for me.”
In the audience were Chris McCourt from Atlantic and showbusiness lawyer, John Statham, now Rae’s lawyer.
In June, she played a London show which attended by representatives from Island, Mercury, Vertigo, Hideout, EMI, Universal, and Parlophone Records.
She signed with Universal in August and Atlantic in September. She said: “My dreams are materialising as they are seeming to happen. I’m just pinching myself.”