Friday, March 15, 2013

MGH Idol winner scores Nashville record deal

GONE COUNTRY: Hooper recording at Quad Studios Nashville. (Photo courtesy of Lamon Records Nashville)

In 2008, Scott Hooper stood beneath the Bulfinch Tent, clutching a microphone and belting out the country song “Friends in Low Places,” which resulted in him being crowned as the inaugural winner of MGH Idol – now called MGH Star Performer – the hospital’s annual employee singing competition. Five years later, the project specialist in Information Systems is still crooning country tunes – however this time it is within a Nashville studio where he recently recorded an album titled “Giddy Up.”

“After 20 years of performing country music and trying to break into the business – I got my lucky break,” Hooper says of signing a deal with Lamon Records Nashville in October 2012. “All I could think of was, ‘Is this real?’ I saw that my name was really on the contract, but it just felt so strange.”

Hooper as the MGH Idol winner in 2008

Music always played a major role in Hooper’s life, although it started out in the form of flattery. As a youth, he focused on impressions and had a repertoire of more than 50 different impersonations of his favorite artists. Later, he sang cover songs in several country and rock bands. But it was his passion for songwriting and a desire to turn those words into musical medleys that led Hooper to change his focus to becoming a country artist singing his own original material.

“It’s been crazy,” Hooper says of his recent whirlwind of traveling to Tennessee to record and film the song’s videos. “It’s just unbelievable. I have to say that it’s been great that everyone here at MGH has been so supportive. My co-workers, friends, family, fans and especially my wife and kids, I just can’t thank them enough. I couldn’t do this without them and their support.” 

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