Kootenays’ Best Singer gears up for competition

On Thursday night the chase begins as the Kootenays’ Best Singer Contest comes to Greater Trail.

Chasing the dream to be a singer is a bit like chasing your tail.

On Thursday night the chase begins as the Kootenays’ Best Singer Contest comes to Greater Trail and, for some, it’s a chance to earn recognition for their art.

The contest aiming to dub Trail’s best singer takes place on May 31 at the Charles Bailey Theatre, 4-8 p.m., one week after the event landed in Rossland.

“Following the … contests, the top two singers from each event will advance to the Kootenays’ Best Singer Championships to be held in Cranbrook on June 23,” said producer Vern Gorham. “The winner of that contest will win a prize package worth about $5,000.

“This prize package includes $1,000 cash, plus studio time to do an original song, and a music video of that person singing their song.”

Previously the contest held tryouts for candidates in Grand Forks, Nelson, Creston, Cranbrook and Kimberley. But last Wednesday the contest took place in Rossland at the Miner’s Union Hall.

But Gorham was eager to see what the candidates could bring to the competition in Trail. Auditions in Trail took place on May 15 and Gorham was pleased by the turnout.

“The audition in Trail was private, kind of a pre-judging so to speak, just like on American Idol where the singers perform privately to the judges,” he said.

“The talent in Trail is amazing.”

Tickets for the Charles Bailey Theatre event are available for $10 each.

For more information visit http://www.kootenaysbestsinger.com/page1.