Two Osoyoos songwriters still in the running in CBC Searchlight songwriting contest

By on April 10, 2014
Kansas Lee played at Market on Main last summer in this file photo. At left, she is accompanied by her boyfriend Mason Orr. (Keith Lacey file photo)

Kansas Lee played at Market on Main last summer in this file photo. At left, she is accompanied by her boyfriend Mason Orr. (Keith Lacey file photo)

Osoyoos Secondary School student Kayla Turnbull, who has been playing music since she was a little girl and writing tunes since she was age 11, is excited about the upcoming release of her first CD called Never Give Up. Turnbull has also entered a song from that CD called Into the Wild into the CBC songwriting contest called Searchlight. Osoyoos residents can vote for Turnbull’s song until Sunday. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Osoyoos Secondary School student Kayla Turnbull, who has been playing music since she was a little girl and writing tunes since she was age 11, is excited about the upcoming release of her first CD called Never Give Up. Turnbull has also entered a song from that CD called Into the Wild into the CBC songwriting contest called Searchlight. Osoyoos residents can vote for Turnbull’s song until Sunday. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Two Osoyoos songbirds have moved on to the second round of the popular CBC Searchlight songwriting contest.

Kansas-Lee Hatherly, 20, and Kayla Turnbull, 18, both entered the contest, which is seeking to find Canada’s next great songwriter.

More than 400 songs were entered into the Kelowna region’s portion of the contest and Hatherly’s tune called The Wrong Place and Turnbull’s song called Into the Wild have placed in the top 25.

Local supporters can vote for both tunes until Sunday, April 13.

The top 10 finalists for the Kelowna region will be announced on Monday.

Hatherly’s mother Leslee said she’s amazed at the amount of local support for her daughter and Turnbull.

“For both of these young ladies to finish in the top 25 out of 400 is phenomenal,” she said.

Kayla’s mother Bonnie echoed the same thoughts.

“The people of Osoyoos have been amazing and very supportive,” she said. “A lot of people are coming up to Kayla and saying how much they love the song and they want to know when her first CD is going to be finished so they can get a copy.”

Osoyoos and area residents can go online and vote for both songs at www.cbc.ca/searchlight. They can scroll down to the Kelowna region and vote for both tunes from Turnbull and Hatherly. You can vote 10 times her day.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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