In the end, Grande Prairie-born musician Andrew Scott was the last one standing.
No, it wasn’t Canadian Idol, but it was the Global Country Star Search competition which sought the next up-and-coming performer from all over Canada.
Monday in Edmonton at the Winspear, four finalists vied for the title in a concert-based setting, and it was Scott who left with the title.
“It was a fantastic experience and I’m so glad that I got to be a part of it. Not only was there an astounding amount of talent there (including The Emeralds and Grande Prairie’s own Tenille), but the whole evening was held in one of the most acoustically pleasing locations imaginable,” says Scott.
“It was just awesome.”
With the win, Scott picks up a prize package which includes a demo recording and a trip to Nashville for a tour around the Music City and a chance to perform.
“I haven’t seen the full itinerary, but I can’t wait to see the city,” says Scott.
My personal “Must see” locations are the Grand Ole Opry, the Sun Records building (it’s not the original studio where Johnny Cash, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins got started, that’s in Memphis) and The Blue Bird Cafe.”
In addition to being a vacation of sorts, it’s also a great opportunity for Scott to promote his music career.
“This will be an excellent opportunity in so many ways. Not only will I get to perform at a big event in the city and do a bit of recording, but I’ll be able to witness upclose the inner gears of one of the most musically vibrant cities in the world,” says Scott.
“It’s an absolute dream come true and I can’t wait for March to hurry up and get here!”
Scott, who recently released a CD entitled My Time in the Empire, is looking forward to a busy year ahead.
The CD is rooted in his time spent teaching English in Japan, as the title would suggest. He hopes to go back and perform.
“At the moment, we are trying to put together a short tour that will hopefully see us return to Japan in November for a series of gigs in Toyohashi, Nagoya and Tokyo,” says Scott.
“We still have a few friends there and it would be great to get back and see them (and hopefully sell them some copies of the new album!).”
He hopes it will soon be available through bigger online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.
In the meantime, it’s back to the busy life as usual for Scott and his wife Julie Sauve Scott, who accompanies him on percussion.
“The next couple of months will be the same as the last couple of months. My wife and I will be out gigging wherever we can, performing at a few summer festivals and putting together plans for the next album. Basically, our plan for the next few years is this: Play as much as we can, have fun, do our best and see where it can take us.”
For local fans, the next chance to see Andrew and Julie will be June 24 at Better Than Fred’s as part of the Last Band Standing series.