By Robert Mackenzie
Published July 18 2017
Haliburton's Cassidy Glecoff earned herself a record deal after winning the She's The One competition at RBC BluesFest in Ottawa over the weekend.
Cassidy 17 was one of nine finalists in the competition which saw young females between 13 and 21 compete for the chance to collaborate with industry songwriters and producers to write a potential hit song along with the opportunity to perform at next year's BluesFest.
Cassidy says she was truly surprised when she got the call inviting her to Ottawa to compete in the finals mainly because her mom entered her in the competition online without telling her. "I didn't really know what it was at the time" Cassidy said.
A few weeks after that call Cassidy was off to Ottawa with her father. She and the other contestants each performed two songs on Saturday in front of a panel of judges and about 30 to 40 people.
Cassidy's songs I'm Feeling Good by Nina Simon and Don't Know Why by Norah Jones were two that she was comfortable with and had played plenty of times before.
She says her choices "just showed dynamics in the songs themselves and my voice."
Although Cassidy was surprised when they announced her as the winner she says one of the judges told her afterward that he knew she was going to win the whole time.
Now Cassidy will work on producing her music with Cadence Music a Toronto company that currently represents the likes of Radiohead Kool and the Gang and The Alabama Shakes among others.
Cassidy says she began singing seriously when she was about 12 years old. Working with Cadence Music will give her the chance to get feedback and develop some of the songs that she's been writing for the past few years.
And as she works on her new record deal Cassidy will begin studying at the Metalworks Institute in Mississauga this fall after graduating from HHSS in June. The Metalworks Institute is a sound and music production college and an extension of the Metalworks Studio which has produced music for the likes of Prince Drake and Bruce Springsteen.