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Osoyoos songwriter’s tune remains in contention in popular CBC Searchlight songwriting contest
One Osoyoos songwriter remains in the running to win the CBC Searchlight songwriting contest.
Kansas-Lee Hatherly, 20, and her song The Wrong Place has received enough votes to move into the top 10 in the Kelowna region in the popular contest, which saw more than 4,000 songs submitted from songwriters and bands across Canada.
Meanwhile, Osoyoos Secondary School Grade 12 student Kayla Turnbull has been eliminated from the contest after her song Into the Wild didn’t receive enough votes to move into the top 10.
Both Osoyoos songwriters reached the top 25 in the Kelowna region.
Anyone wishing to vote for Hatherly’s tune has until Monday at noon to cast their vote on the CBC website.
Hatherly was thrilled with the response and community support for her song, which she penned about a month ago after spending a night in a bar in Oliver and wishing she were somewhere else.
Her melodic acoustic ballad was recorded in her bedroom at home, but sounds exceptionally professional. Hatherly played all of the instruments on the tune.
Ironically, she didn’t know anything about the CBC contest until her father informed her about it and encouraged her to enter.
“I’m pretty excited about it for sure,” she said. “I went online on Monday while I was at work and found out I had been selected to move into the top 10 and it was pretty exciting.”
Hatherly admits she has been listening to many of the tunes she is competing against from other songwriters and musicians from B.C. and across the country and is amazed at the quality of songwriting and music being submitted for this contest.
“I’m really glad CBC is doing this because it’s a great way to expose some good Canadian talent,” she said. “The quality of songs submitted in the Kelowna region alone is very impressive … and to have my song move on in this competition is really exciting.
“It’s a great way to get exposure and it really confirms to me that I’m writing the quality of songs that I can really be proud of.”
Without the support of the Osoyoos community, she would not have moved into the top 10 and she would like to thank each and every person who has voted for her song since the competition started a couple of weeks ago, said Hatherly.
“The people of Osoyoos have been really supportive and I can’t thank them enough,” she said.
There are now 240 songs remaining in the competition with 24 regions across Canada having their respective top 10 tunes still in the running.
The top 10 songs for all of Canada are expected to be announced within the next week.
Online voting will determine five of the top 10 tunes, while a panel of esteemed judges from the Canadian music scene will determine five “wildcard” tunes, said Hatherly.
As proud as she is of doing so well in this competition, Hatherly was upset that Turnbull’s song is no longer in the running.
“Kayla and I really support each other and she submitted a fantastic song … I wish we could have both moved into the top 10,” she said.
Hatherly’s mother Leslee said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter and agrees that the amount of community support has been overwhelming.
“It’s very exciting to see her do so well in a contest that has attracted so many good songs across the country,” she said. “We thank everyone who has voted for her and hope the support continues.”
People can vote for Hatherly by going online and visiting the website at www.cbc.ca/searchlight.
You can scroll down to the Kelowna region and cast your vote once a day on each mobile device you own.