Grace Lachance, a Grade 9 student at Sacred Heart High School, won Bluesfest’s She’s The One Female emerging artist competition.
“It was such a great opportunity to be chosen even in the top 10 for the competition. All the girls were amazingly talented. it was a really big honour to win. I was definitely surprised,” she told StittsvilleCentral.ca from her cottage in Pembroke.
The contest was open to Canadian female singers ages 13-21. Ten finalists, including Lachance, each performed two songs on stage at the Barney Danson Theatre on Saturday afternoon at Bluesfest. Lachance performed a cover and an original song.
As the winner, Lachance will get help from Bluesfest and Universal Music Canada to produce a single, along with artist development and networking help. She’ll also be invited back to sing at Bluesfest in 2016.
This is the fifth year Bluesfest has run the contest, and Lachance may be the youngest winner according to spokesperson AJ Sauve.
“I’ve only actually performing since I’ve been 10. I’ve been singing my whole life,” says Lachance. (She’s 14 now.) “I’m a little bit all over the place when it comes to genres and musicians. I’ve always loved Carrie Underwood. I think she has an amazing range and she can belt really well. She is one of my idols.”
Lachance took singing lessons with Caroline Gibson and guitar lessons from Fred Donkor, who are both based in Stittsville.
“My long-term plan for music is just to be as successfull as I can be. I love, love, love music and I love performing and playing music,” she says. “I’m going to do whatever I can to be super successful.”
WATCH: Grace Lachance performs a cover of All I Want by Kodaline. It was one of the songs she sang at Bluesfest on Saturday.