Young singer advances in international competition
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 28, 2016
Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Glecoff had to beat out about 200,000 contest hopefuls to secure one of 13 spots in the Open Mic International Singing Competition.
In May, her mother Denise delivered the good news.
“My mom just kind of yelled, ‘Cassidy, look!’” she recalled in an interview.
“I was pretty excited.”
The soon-to-be Grade 12 student at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School remains just as humble as she was when she broke into the local music scene two years ago.
“I was pretty surprised because there were so many people who auditioned,” she said.
In recent years, Cassidy has graced many stages, including local events such as Colourfest and last weekend’s Art and Craft Festival. She has even shared the stage with Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Burke.
She first picked up the guitar and started singing at the age of 11.
Her mom discovered the international contest in the winter.
“My mom just kind of searches for stuff like this on the Internet all the time. She just kind of entered me in it,” she said.
For the first round, she submitted a short biography and audition video of her singing Skinny Love by Bon Iver. Once she learned she advanced she submitted more information and a second video of her singing You and I by Ingrid Michaelson in Canoe FM’s Radio Hall.
The public voting round opened July 22 and continues until Aug. 8. The six acts with the most votes will move on to the grand finale.
Cassidy is one of four Canadians to make it this far.
Venuss Sharman, founder of the contest and Big Break Promotions UK, took the “unprecedented step” to endorse Cassidy.
“I and fellow judges voted unanimously in favour of this bright talented artist to continue into stage [three of] the Open Mic International Singing Competition 2016,” wrote Sharman in a Facebook post to Denise. “For sure Cassidy has a bright future ahead of her as a recognized artist.” I and fellow judges voted unanimously in favour of this bright talented artist to continue into stage 3# auditions the open mic international singing competition 2016. For sure Cassidy has a bright future ahead of her as a recognized artist.
The contest’s website states the overall winner receives a share of $10,000 British pounds (about $17,000 Canadian based on the current dollar value). Other prizes include studio time and vocal lessons.
But Cassidy and her dad are unsure of exactly how the prizes are being distributed.
To vote visit votefair.org/cgi-bin/votefairgenballot.cgi/votingid=08257-63311-42640. A confirmation number will be generated, which then must be emailed, along with Cassidy’s name, to OpenMic-Vote@mail.com.
Duplicate email addresses and reference numbers will be eliminated from the final vote.
Cassidy would like to win, but she realizes anything can happen now that it’s in the public’s hands.
“I don’t really know what I’m up against,” she said. “I haven’t even seen videos of other people I’m against.”
“I’ve watched a few, and honestly she’s better than they are,” laughed her dad, Jason.
The family is grateful for the support of the local arts community saying it has opened many doors for the young artist.
“I think that if I lived in the city, I wouldn’t have a shred of confidence that I would move on to the next round. I feel like I wouldn’t know as many people and definitely wouldn’t have as many connections,” she said.
“This community is amazing,” said Jason. “We’ve had overwhelming support from so many people up here.”
To listen to Cassidy, search her name on YouTube.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.