AT the beginning of the year, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, pictured, was a long way from home and tasked with making one of the biggest decisions of her career.

After wrapping up a string of shows with Jake Bugg, she was due to join the East Coast leg of Clean Bandit’s tour, when all plans fell through.

Within a matter of days, her team set about booking a whole headline tour for the 23-year-old across the vast states of America.

Luckily for the Livingston-born performer, the gamble paid off -– even if she was entirely unprepared.

“The tour was a bit shambolic and it got put together two months in advance by my agents”, she explains.

“I said I didn’t think I could do a headline tour yet but they were just like ‘we’re booking it’.

“It actually turned out really well. I got to meet people who have been listening for like six years from all over America.

“The new music is a bit more international than the first album and it seems like American people connect to it slightly more than British people.

“It’s the biggest territory of streaming for me now which is great because it’s a big market but it’s funny because I’m so not American.

“Everyone thinks they’ve got Scottish blood in them and they really warm to Scottish and Irish people there as well.

“I’d love to do well in America but I love the UK and Scotland. We’re a very certain type of person, we’re quite cynical and dry and keep our feet on the ground.

“But over there its easy to get carried away because its so big.

“It’s not even been a year yet since the single came out, it’s just been really busy.

“It’s nice because it took four years to figure out what I was going to do and then it all happened really fast and suddenly I was back on it and travelling.”

After a successful stint in the US, Nina will be back in Glasgow to play both TRNSMT festival and to support other homegrown talent, Lewis Capaldi, on tour later this year.

Until then Nina will be back in London, where she now considers her home-from-home.

She adds: “I grew up in Livingston, then Edinburgh then I moved to London but still feel like Scotland is my home. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but London right now because there’s so much opportunity.

Nina Nesbitt will be playing TRNSMT on Sunday, July 8.