Falkirk bad girl has come good

Stacey Holmes has turned over a new leaf
Stacey Holmes has turned over a new leaf

When she was only nine-years-old she was banned from Bible Class for being too cheeky.

At the age of 14 she had convictions for assault, breach of the peace and theft.

By 15 she was pregnant, weighing as much as 17 stone after the birth of her son and found herself living in a homeless hostel in Glasgow a few years later.

It would be an understatement to say Stacey Holmes has endured a lot of ups and downs in her relatively short life, but now the slimmed down and confident 20-year-old is returning to Falkirk to put right the wrongs of the past.

She said: “It’s been hard because people remember me from the past and the things I did then, but I’ve completely changed my life around. I apologise to anyone I upset, but I just didn’t know how to deal with what I was going through back then.”

Stacey’s love of poetry and rap music - her main influences are Robert Burns and Eminem - has carried her through her darkest times and helped her make it into the Scottish final of Open Mic UK at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, September 24.

If she wins through with her autobiographical rap ‘Ahyea, Ahyea’ she has the chance of picking up £50,000 and performing at London’s O2 Arena.

“Any money I make I will put into my workshops,” she said.

Despite her past convictions, Stacey now has full clearance to work with kids and adults in her proposed workshops and plans to start them in the Falkirk area - maybe even in the Westfield Community Centre she was banned from all those years ago.

She said: “Young people have nothing round here- that’s why I’m doing this. I’ve got volunteers to come and help with the music and art workshops - artists, graffiti artists, guitarists, drummers.”

She also hopes to get the go ahead for young people to build a wall and then use their newly found artistic skills to decorate it.

Stacey has come a long way since her “bad girl” days - she now makes up bedtime stories with her five-year-old son Kyle, who thinks her music is great.

“A lot of things happened when I was young - my mum was a single parent and I was rebelling against everything.”

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.

Stacey then made the break to Glasgow, took up residence in a youth hostel, became involved with Quarriors and the James Shields Project and things started to pick up.

She said: “It’s the best place I’ve ever stayed - they would take us out for loads of activities.”

Just when things were going well - and she had an audition lined up for television’s ‘X Factor’ - her appendix burst.

“I was still going to discharge myself and go to audition,” she laughed. “I was ill for about a year after the operation.”

However, during this long recovery period Stacey came up with her idea for the youth workshops and started to build up a business plan for New Class Entertainment.

“I thought it would be NCE by Miss MC,” she grinned. “Hopefully looking to do projects throughout Scotland - starting off in Falkirk and then moving from there.

“The workshops will be for young people and unemployed people - I just want to help people change their lives, help them gain confidence and realise their dreams.”

Visit www.facebook.com/misz.mcs or www.soundcloud.com/misz.mcs to hear Stacey’s songs. You can e-mail her at miss_mc@live.co.uk for tickets for the Open Mic UK Scottish final or more information about her workshops.