HOME is where the heart is for Carly Connor – after her mum and gran got the songstress’s music back on track.

The Scottish songbird was hotly tipped as a teenager, and moved to London a few years ago to work with producers.

However Carly, from Easterhouse, ended up miserable and low on confidence, and moved back home to start over again.

Now she is releasing a soulful stomper of a song, Who’s Gonna Love You, on Saturday with a headline show at King Tut’s, and she couldn’t be happier.

“I had been doing gigs since I was really young, I’d be singing in studios after school and I just had enough of it,” she explains.

“I’d had some trying times in London and I was feeling like I was 60 years old by the time all of that got sorted. I needed some time to come home and be young again. I was living in London like an adult way before I was ready to do any of that. I made too many stupid decisions and thought I needed to get back to reality a bit. So the best thing I could do was come home to my mum’s.”

Carly’s massive, rich voice earned her attention a few years ago, as did a stylish look and a relationship with Kyle Falconer, frontman in Dundee rockers the View.

However after her record label dropped her she struggled for the confidence to perform onstage.

“I needed to listen to my granny,” laughs Carly.

“She’s always helped me and kept reminding me what I was meant to be doing. Once I lost my record deal that really knocked my confidence and it got to me. For years you’ve had everyone putting you on a pedestal and saying ‘you’ll be this, you’ll be this’ and you’ve got pals from everywhere.

“Then suddenly no-one wants to speak to you. Emotionally it was a lot to deal with, and being that young and on my own there was hard.”

However Carly kept writing songs, and eventually started to grow in confidence again. The powerful, catchy Who’s Gonna Love You is a reminder of just what a great voice the 25-year-old has, and it is a perfect introduction to her talent.

“When I started singing again I knew this needed to be the first one,” she says.

“I wrote it a couple of years ago when I was down in London. I was down seeing Matt Benbrook, who’s written with Paolo Nutini in the past and I’d worked with him a wee bit when I was younger.

“We were just meeting for a beer and I started doing this song there, because I was in a mood with someone at the time. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to write when I was content, it’s always much easier to wrote sad songs!”

After several support shows and smaller gigs over the past couple of years Carly is now looking to take centre stage again. She feels that King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is the perfect place to perform, and she’s hoping to someday be written into the legendary venue’s history – literally.

“It’s the first time I’ve released anything, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere other than Tut’s,” she explains.

“I’ve been going there for years. It’s my mission to get my name on one of those steps (Tut’s has stairs with bands who’ve played there written on them), even if I have to do it myself. I’ll take a Sharpie on Saturday with me…”

Backing Carly up on the night will be her band, who also all play in Glasgow blues rockers the Bar Dogs.

“They’re my best pals,” she says.

“I met them in London a few years ago through a mutual friend and we kept hanging out, even after I moved back up the road.

“We always played music together, have a few beers and a couple of songs, and they kept repeating to me that I was a good singer and a good songwriter. I couldn’t have done it without them. My pal Gerry Cinnamon actually helped me too, because he’d help push me up on open mic nights when I didn’t think I could do it.”

After Saturday Carly is hoping to work on another single and tour Scotland early in the new year. Oh, and she has one other aim…

“I just need to get my own flat now – I’ve been back with my mum for two years now!”

Carly Connor, King Tut’s, Saturday, £8, 8.30pm