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Vernon musicians voted as regional semi-finalists in CBC Searchlight

Vernon’s Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer (left), Anjuli Otter, Chad “Rhino” Carter and Ray Kawano are a regional semi-finalist, along with Vernon’s Dawn King and Olivia Penalva, in the CBC’s Searchlight competition. - Fiona Green
Vernon’s Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer (left), Anjuli Otter, Chad “Rhino” Carter and Ray Kawano are a regional semi-finalist, along with Vernon’s Dawn King and Olivia Penalva, in the CBC’s Searchlight competition.
— image credit: Fiona Green

The odds are getting closer in their favour as three Vernon-based acts have been voted as regional semi-finalists in the CBC Searchlight’s hunt For Canada’s best new artist competition.

Singer-songwriters Olivia Penalva and Dawn King made the list with their songs Fight for You and The Real Me, respectively, while Celtic-rock band Cod Gone Wild is also in the running with the song Back Roads.

More than 4,100 artists from across the country entered an original song into the fan-voted competition hosted by CBC Music and CBC Radio One. The field was narrowed as of Monday down to 25 semi-finalists from 20 regions across Canada. (The Vernon artists are represented in Kelowna’s Radio West region, which includes all B.C. Interior communities.)

King is no stranger to earning accolades for her songs. Her new album, It’s Time to Shine, has been well received with single, Nothin’ But the Truth, voted as the winner of the Emerging Canadian Artist Showdown, held by Kamloops radio station Country 103. It was also featured on the Smith Chevrolet Canadian Top 100 Countdown and hit national radio with CBC’s Song of the Day.

For Penalva, who is the youngest local in contention (she turned 14 on Tuesday), the competition has come with an extra plug for her song, Fight for You, which is also one of 306 finalists in the International Songwriting competition. (Penalva is in the top 15 in the teen category and is the only Canadian.)

Her entry into the Searchlight competition has earned her notice from Toronto music journalist Chris Dart, who named her to the official mega playlist of 112 amazing discoveries. (See music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/4/The-official-Searchlight-mega-playlist-of-amazing-discoveries.)

Cod Gone Wild are just coming off a busy touring schedule, having just wrapped up a series of St. Patrick’s shows to celebrate the release of their new album, Battered and Fried.

Voting for the next round in CBC’s Searchlight competition goes until April 13. Fans can vote for 10 acts per region per day. The overall winner will take home the grand prize, including $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, a professional recording with CBC Music, and a spot on the bill with Tegan and Sara and Spoon at the CBCMusic.ca Festival in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

 

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