A JOHNSTONE schoolboy has taken his first step along the road to stardom after landing a role in a music video for an up-and-coming artist.

Kayden Weir, 11, was chosen out of thousands of applicants from across Scotland to appear in the video for Glasgow singer-songwriter Joesef’s new release ‘Does It Make You Feel Good?’

The talented Johnstone High School pupil plays Joesef’s younger self.

Kayden, who dreams of becoming a famous actor when he grows up, told The Gazette: “I was quite nervous for the audition but it was really fun at the same time.

“Coronavirus meant we weren’t allowed to go in and do a face-to-face audition, so we had to make wee videos of me introducing myself and dancing along to the song.

“I was a bit starstruck when I met Joesef but he was really nice.”

The Gazette: Kayden with JoesefKayden with Joesef

Kayden’s proud aunt, Leanne Orr, added: “The whole family were ecstatic when he got the part, especially his mum Danielle and his younger brother Corey.

“It’s a fantastic thing for a local boy and let’s hope this is the beginning of good things for Kayden.

“The video is based on Joesef’s life as a troubled boy growing up in the East End of Glasgow.

“The song has also been selected as a song for the FIFA game on the PlayStation and on Xbox, which is great.”

Joesef only performed his first gig in March last year but has since been tipped for great things in the music industry, with experts comparing him to chart-topper Sam Smith.

He even followed in Smith’s footsteps by securing a nomination for the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2020 prize, which the Stay with Me singer won in 2014.

The Gazette: Singer-songwriter Joesef is being tipped for great thingsSinger-songwriter Joesef is being tipped for great things

Joesef has supported leading hip hop artist Loyle Carner and sold out his own headline gig at popular Glasgow venue SWG3 before the coronavirus lockdown put live music on hold.

He also won the Best Breakthrough Artist prize in the Scottish Music Awards.

Filming for his new video, which was released last week, took place in Edinburgh.

You can see the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ib1JYjqdE.