Former district singer captures national contest

You may remember her as a past “Quest for the Best” winner or former Thunder Bay “Idol,” but most recently Courtney Jourdain, from Lac La Croix First Nation, captured the title of “Aboriginal Icon.”
The national singing competition, which aired on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network last month, saw the 20-year-old garner the most votes over the other two finalists—one from Saskatchewan and the other from Winnipeg.
“I was so excited,” recalled Jourdain, who currently lives in Thunder Bay. “It’s my goal to be a singer and I feel I’m definitely on my way.”
She heard about the contest in an e-mail she received and sent in a tape of herself singing.
“Then I was chosen as one of the finalists and got to go on the show to sing an original song,” she noted.
Jourdain sang a song entitled “Let Go,” which she co-wrote along with her cousin, Angus Jourdain.
Along with the title of “Aboriginal Icon,” Jourdain will have her song professionally recorded. She also was flown to Toronto to compete in the final auditions for CTV’s “Canadian Idol” program.
She indicated the competition went well, but added she couldn’t say much more about it.
Jourdain began singing in her dad’s band when she was about five years old and credits her love of music to her family’s musical talents.
Since then she has been singing at local events across the region.
“There’s new people coming into my life and my career in music is definitely rising very quickly,” Jourdain enthused, adding she’ll always remember her friends and family in Rainy River District.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and votes—to thank them for liking what I do,” she stressed. “I’ll always be connected to that area.”
And for those seeking a career in music, Jourdain offers this advice.
“You hear it all the time, but honestly, don’t give up,” she remarked. “If you love it that much and can’t see yourself doing anything else, don’t give up.”
She noted she can’t see herself doing anything but singing.
“I’ve been working, wondering when it’s going to happen, when am I going to get a break? And it’s coming,” she continued. “If you love music, you just have to keep working with it.”
She’ll be attending a Toronto-based school for performing arts in the fall.
Jourdain sees her next steps along her music career path to include putting a band together, continuing to write music, working on recording a good demo, and getting a manager.