Northern Turkish music should sound familiar to you with its unique instruments and accent. You and Scotch probably have some Turkish genetics since migration from Asia to Northern EU in the history followed this route.
John Waite had one of the best voices of the 80s rock ballad, known from Bad English he also sang the great hit Missing You as a solo artist. I find his voice very uplifting and optimistic while also evoking the human spirit through rock. I think the 80s was a special period for music.