A college student has turned her life around to move from homeless hostels to the hallowed halls of BBC Radio One.
Stacey Holmes (24) is studying sound production at Glasgow Kelvin College and has just returned from a visit to London which included a tour of the famous radio studios and the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance of a place on the Artist Development programme at the city’s British Academy of New Music.
However, less than 10 years ago the young mum from Falkirk, who was pregnant at 15, was homeless with criminal convictions for assault and theft.
Her love of poetry and rap music – her two biggest influences are Robert Burns and Eminem – has seen her through some dark days and now son Kyle thinks his music is great.
Stacey said: “I’ve never made things easy for myself or those around me, but I’ve turned my life around and I’m determined to make the most of this for me and my family.
“I can hardly believe I’ve come this far and now, here I am, about to take my dream journey even further. I can’t thank the BBC, Glasgow Kelvin College and the Students’ Association enough.”
Due to her behaviour problems, the former St Andrew’s Primary School pupil did a “tour” of high schools in a short space of time, but enjoyed a longer stay at Grangemouth High.
When she made the break to Glasgow things got better and she became involved in support groups like the James Shields Quarriers Project, starting Glasgow Kelvin College last year.
She has now recorded an EP of her own music entitled ‘Ms Marvellous’.
“I started believing in myself,” she said.