Friday, July 31, 2015

District man vying for CBC music contest

Trevor Barker of Devlin is looking to be Canada’s best new artist.
He is taking part in CBC Music and CBC Radio One’s “Searchlight” competition, and needs the help of the community because the first round is based on online voting.

“Being a singer/songwriter is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now,” said the 26-year-old, who has been writing songs for more than three years now.
“A friend sent me a link to this competition, so I entered because it focused on singer/songwriters and not just singers, and not just songwriters, but the whole package,” Barker explained.
Each artist has submitted an original song for the competition, with Barker’s entry entitled “Jack and Rose.”
“It is a song that I’ve wanted to release to the public for a long time,” Barker noted.
“It’s been written for probably about six months now and it was just sitting on my computer.
“I wanted to submit a song that no one has ever heard,” he added, noting the song is about the characters from the movie, “Titanic.”
“But I put a lot of myself into this song,” Barker stressed, noting he wrote it after a break-up.
He wanted to dedicate a song to the two characters, but also parallels his heart-breaking story to theirs.
“I’m very passionate about his one,” Barker remarked.
“There are very few pieces I’m happy with but this is one of them.”
Barker is one of 42 artists competing in the first round, which will determine the regional semi-finalists.
It is the “Voyageur North” region (Thunder Bay) and other artists competing include Sunday Wilde of Atikokan and Shy-Anne Hovorka of Nipigon.
Since people can vote for 10 acts per region per day, CBC wants people to vote for “all the bands you think deserve attention and radio play, in your region and across Canada.”
But Barker is hoping he’ll get enough votes to see him through to the next round.
He had the most play counts for “Jack and Rose” as of Sunday, but there is no other indication to know where the votes are falling.
“I’ve listened to every single one of the [competing songs] and I think they are all exceptionally talented,” Barker said, though adding he feels he offers his own style to the mix.
“I think people connect to what I write,” he reasoned, adding he writes from a place of hurt but also a place of hope.
“I have something that is uniquely me,” Barker explained. “But I believe I write things that are universally felt.
“It’s all about an artist’s connection with [their] listeners. Something they can relate to.”
Barker said he would be thrilled if he won the competition, which offers a grand prize including $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, a professional recording with CBC Music, and an opening spot on a high-profile music showcase.
“It would be incredible,” he enthused. “Winning would be amazing because so many more people would be able to hear my music.
“I’m just crossing my fingers.”
To vote for Barker and other regional artists, visit

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