A TEEN from Shropshire is releasing her own album after performing with the pop band Bastille at their huge Ludlow Castle gig.

Macy O’Neill’s album, called Journeys, will be available to buy on CD in all HMV shops from September 20, with two launch parties being held on October 7 – one at Ludlow Assembly Rooms and the other at Telford HMV.

The album release comes after 15-year-old Macy was noticed by not one, but two chart-topping bands at the Ludlow event, with both Bastille’s Dan Smith and Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson stopping to watch her busk on the street.

Bastille later handed her the mic to sing Bastille’s hit song Happier in front of the massive crowd.

Macy told the Ludlow Advertiser: “I felt so fulfilled! It was one of my dreams to sing my own songs in front of big artists.”

Her proud mum, Naomi Waterson, added: “We felt grateful as both artists stopped and appreciated her music.”

Macy, who is from Highley, is a firm favourite at Ludlow Market where she often sings twice a week.

Ludlow Advertiser: Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs seemed impressed by Macy's singingRicky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs seemed impressed by Macy's singing (Image: Macy O'Neill)

After the release of her new album, she will be hosting a concert at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on October 7 at 7pm. After two supporting acts, Macy will play her entire new album. Tickets will cost £7 from the Assembly Rooms box office, and there will be merchandise on sale, plus a signing.

Macy has had an interest in music from an early age, from singing to playing the piano and even trombone.

At the age of 11, Macy was awarded a government grant and award for gifted and talented children to study music at the Guildhall School.


She has played at various events both locally and around the UK, and previously starred in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Birmingham. She also auditioned for the ITV show, The Voice Kids.

Macy had the chance to sing at Bastille’s Within the Walls concert at Ludlow Castle on July 23. The show was dedicated to the pop band’s multi-platinum album Bad Blood, which was celebrating its 10th birthday.

She also got to meet Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs, when he stopped to watch her busking set and tipped her a £20 note and a hug.