Corner Brook teen a Top 10 finalist in RBC Ottawa Bluesfest contest

Gary Kean, The Western Star
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Corner Brook teen Emma Peckford has been named one of 10 finalists in the 2014 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest’s “She’s The One” emerging female artist competition.

Emma Peckford, 15, from Corner Brook, has made the Top 10 of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest “She’s The One” competition. — Photo by Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star

The 15-year-old will compete at the renowned blues festival event in Ottawa with the nine other finalists on July 5. The winner will earn a prize valued at more than $50,000.

RBC Bluesfest, in a news release announcing the finalists, described the prize as including “a whirlwind, career-building trip to Los Angeles to work with Barrett Yeretsian (Jar of Hearts, Christina Perri), a top L.A.-based music producer, to record a song at the legendary Sunset Sound Recording Studio.”

The prize package also includes “a star makeover, photo shoot and music tutorial” prior to making a “Hollywood Style music video courtesy of Popmania.”

Since winning the 2013 MusicNL Statoil Newfound Talent Search in St. John’s, Emma has taken the local music scene by storm.

She was recently nominated for the City of Corner Brook Achievement in Community Excellence Award in the category for Emerging Artist of the Year.

She has opened for the award-winning MusicNL band RocketRocket Ship, as well as the multi-award winning MusicNL group Fortunate Ones.

She has co-starred in her own local performance to a near-capacity audience at Swirsky’s in Corner Brook, plus countless other local performances.

A regular at the past three Trails, Tales and Tunes Festivals in Norris Point, she recently completed her studio work for two demo recordings with Chris Kirby of Dipole Productions, which is just one portion of her prize from The Newfound Talent Search.

Emma is currently awaiting the production of that demo CD, as well as a music video by Heavyweather.ca, and a website courtesy of DC Design House.

She is scheduled to perform at the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St. John’s on Aug. 10.

The Western Star

Organizations: RBC, Hollywood Style

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Ottawa, Los Angeles Corner Brook Achievement Norris Point Newfoundland and Labrador Western Star

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