Alford hit-maker Emeil Sande has announced her backing for Aberdeen to be named UK city of culture 2017.
Aberdeen faces strong competition from the likes of Dundee, Hull, Plymouth and York for the title.
Emeli joins the likes of comedian Billy Connolly, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and author Stuart MacBride who are also supporting the North- east city’s bid.
Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said of the bid:“Aiming to win the City of Culture title in 2017 presents Aberdeen with a tremendous opportunity and a terrific target to aim for. The benefits that a win could bring would be enormous, in terms of culture, the economy and regeneration.
“Achieving the title would also boost the city’s profile on the national and international stage and do wonders for tourism and inward investment.
“This is a prize worth winning. A proud city like Aberdeen should be aiming high and I have no doubt that everyone will pull together to mount an extremely strong bid.”
The winning bid will be announced in November.
It has been a big week for the Donside singer who has now beaten The Beatles for the record for the most consecutive weeks in the UK’s Official Album Chart top 10 of any debut album.
‘Our Version Of Events’ was released in February 2012 and went on to become the biggest selling album that year.
It hasn’t dropped out of the top 10 since its release and has been in the UK’s Official Album Chart for 63 weeks.
The Fab Four’s debut ‘Please Please Me’ set the record over 50 years ago.