Scott Oatley is a studio singer and songwriter with an undeniable knack for melody and style. His pure, strong and colorful voice has opened up the door to collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned musical artists, and has been featured on a wide range of esteemed projects for film and television.
As the only musician in the family, relatives agree that Scott’s tuneful talent must have developed from his early obsession with Disney movies. At a young age, he was teaching himself to play piano by ear. Eventually, he would also pick up saxophone and guitar; even the bagpipes! Some of his favorite influential acts include Elton John, Coldplay, Adele, Jon Foreman, Mutemath, Lorde, Bleachers and Fun.
Since his very first session at Capitol Records in 2008, Scott has enjoyed consistent work as a singer and instrumentalist in the LA scene. As a vocalist, he has worked with A-list composers, including Michael Giacchino, Danny Elfman and John Debney. He has been a part of blockbuster soundtracks for films such as La La Land, Jurassic World, and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and has appeared on and off-camera for hit TV shows like The Simpsons, Black-ish, and The Goldbergs. Scott has also studied guitar with Zane Carney (John Mayer, Reeve Carney & The Revolving Band) and Joe DiBlasi (Pink Floyd, Danny Elfman, Elvis Presley).
Scott graduated summa cum laude from the Music Industry Studies (MIS) program at California State University, Northridge. However, while many of his colleagues sought out jobs at major corporate music entities, Scott never wavered in his desire to perform. He is truly a student of his craft, having gone far beyond his course requirements to enroll in classes that would expand his musical prowess, such as media composition, orchestration, and jazz ear training.
After turning down a scholarship offer for the Commercial Music Masters program at Belmont University in Nashville, Scott opted to advance his songwriting chops while remaining in Southern California. He has done demos for James Valentine (Maroon 5) as well as Mike Elizondo (John Mayer, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran), one of music’s foremost, Grammy Award-winning producers at Warner Bros. Records. While instigating writing sessions and collaborations within his network, he has also taken a variety of workshops and programs offered through ASCAP, The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, and UCLA Extension.
This summer, Scott will move to New York City, after being selected as one of only forty people from around the world, to take part in Berklee College of Music’s new Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology at BerkleeNYC where he will specialize in Songwriting and Production. The program is headed up by Will Wells, a Grammy and Oscar-nominated writer, producer, and performer.
As a musical artist, Oatley has seen success as a member of the alt-pop duo, Lord & Lady. Their "La La Land Medley" exploded on YouTube, amassing almost 5.5 million views. But now, Scott has been gaining momentous recognition as the solo artist, Vân Scott, and is poised to break out on a larger scale, with the release of his first full-length solo album, Almost Gone (AWAL / Oat Brand Music) on July 23, 2021.
He’s released four singles and videos ahead of his debut release including “Tough Love,” “Die Young,” “Poster Boy,” and “Starry Eyed” while finishing songs for the album. He’ll be releasing more singles ahead of his album release soon. Sincere and true to himself, Vân Scott’s journey has only just begun. He hopes that his music encourages others to embrace who they are, and to be their best self.