Up-and-coming musical talent

Nestor Falls local Kelly Moulik is fast on her way to making a name for herself as an up-and-coming musical talent.
The 19-year-old singer, under the guidance of her uncle, Jim Peterik, has been working on a brand new CD that will showcase her vocal talents.
“Even if she wasn’t my niece, I would still work with her because she is so talented,” Peterik said Friday from his studio in Chicago. “We are working very hard on getting an album out there.”
With three major record labels interested in Moulik, Peterik is certain it will only be a matter of time before she is a household name.
“I have been in this business a long time and I have seen talent come and go,” he remarked. “She is always talking about her dream and how I have made it come true.
“I have had nothing to do with her success. You need drive to be in this business and she has it,” he stressed.
Peterik is no stranger to the business. The original founder of the group “Survivor,” Peterik has a great deal of experience in the music industry that he’s hoping to use to get Moulik recognized.
“We have a great team working with Kelly,” he said. “In addition to my work, I have also had the help of Jeff Jacobs and Larry Millas.
“We have also been working with a fellow Canadian Ray Anne Zroback, who has co-written a few of the songs on the album,” he noted. “We have some really good people working on this project.”
Putting her career on hold to audition for the American version of “Pop Stars” last summer, Moulik wowed renowned music producer and songwriter David Foster despite not making it into the final group.
“Kelly went to Los Angeles and auditioned for the show,” Peterik explained. “She made it very far but got eliminated in the final round.
“Kelly was probably the best singer there, and Foster told her so, but there were so many variables determining who would be in the band.
“Kelly felt her dance should have been stronger,” Peterik continued. “If they were only looking at talent and looks, she would have made it no problem.
“We basically concluded that if it was meant to happen, it would have.”
Although Moulik initially was disappointed by the outcome of the TV show, she soon realized that perhaps she was better off not gaining instant fame.
“In this line of work, talent is number-one,” stressed Peterik. “Today, people are looking for a show. Talent is no longer just the ability to sing. Kelly has the talent and now she is just working on her dancing.
“Once that is together, we will have the whole package.
“I don’t like to put all my eggs in one basket but I have real confidence in Kelly and I know she is going to make it,” Peterik concluded.
To learn more about Moulik, you can go to her Web site at kellypopmusic.com