The parents of singing sensation Stevie McCrorie say they are bursting with pride as they watch their son pursue his music dream.
Sandra and Michael McCrorie, mum and dad of the Denny-born Voice finalist, spoke to The Falkirk Herald this week as the community gets behind the local lad’s race to win the BBC’s search for a star.
Firefighter Stevie (30), who began his singing career in a variety of Falkirk bands, wooed superstar judges and the public at the weekend to make the final four of the prestigious competition.
Now, Sandra and Michael, who both work in Falkirk, have urged everyone to get behind Stevie ahead of this Saturday’s nail-biting final.
Sandra said: “I’m a nervous wreck, but I’m so proud of him.
“Before this, Stevie was really well known in the local music scene, playing lots of gigs and singing with bands.
The only message I would really give to fans is please vote - and thanks all for the amazing support they have given meStevie McCrorie
“But it’s not been easy for him, and he’s never quite got there - until now!”
Dad Michael (59) added: “I’m absolutely thrilled, and immensely proud.
“It’s surreal seeing him on TV.
“He’s quite a shy person, but when he goes on stage he becomes someone else. It’s a transformation.”
Stevie, a former pupil at St Patrick’s Primary, got in touch with The Falkirk Herald yesterday to offer a message of thanks to all of his fans from across the district.
“The only message I would really give to fans is please vote - and thanks all for the amazing support they have given me,” he said.
Sandra and Michael said they couldn’t believe the reception Stevie received when he visited his old high school and his local pub in Alva this week.
Well wishers rushed to meet the rising star and fans clamoured for his autograph.
Sandra (57), a civil servant based at Callendar Business Park, said: “It was like being part of One Direction, it was crazy.
“When this all started, I didn’t really think it would affect us much, but it really has.
“It’s been hectic and crazy, and we’ve been doing interviews with newspapers.”
Stevue spent his teenage years in Haggs, but the family later moved to Alva.
But the first time Stevie got serious about music was as a teenager in a band named Scuffy Kid, who won a local Battle of Bands competition in Denny.
Music promoter Tommy Hamilton has watched Stevie’s star rise with satisfaction after working with him at several local events.
“It’s always been clear he has a great talent,” Tommy said. “His old band, Stevie and The Moon, were doing well and played several festivals. I organised a single launch for them at Stirling’s Fubar in 2010 and it was a great night - a lot of people from Denny came down.
“I was surprised he called time on them - but it’s proved to be the right move.
“Everyone in Denny seems to be talking about him, and is desperate for him to win.”
Working as a firefighter in Kirkcaldy, it was Stevie’s workmates who first started The Voice ball rolling.
Dad Michael, a painting and decorating lecturer at Forth Valley College, said: “It’s like he has two families, us and his friends at the fire station.
“They call him ‘the Bairn’.”
Sandra added: “Even if he doesn’t win the Voice, I still think he’ll get a recording contract now.”