Old Per­li­can songstress turn­ing heads

Old Per­li­can singer ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing po­ten­tial

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Hannah Froude, 13, is set­ting stages on fire with her voice. The re­cent Bac­calieu Col­le­giate Idol win­ner turned her at­ten­tion to per­fect­ing her vo­cals a cou­ple of years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Froude is in the process of record­ing a three-song demo and con­tin­u­ing to wow au­di­ences with her im­mense tal­ent.

Hannah Froude ini­tially met with Si­b­ley’s Cove singer Terri Lynn Eddy for gui­tar les­sons as an eight-year-old.

“She never re­ally took to that, did ya,” Eddy said, seated next to Hannah and the girl’s mother Re­nee in the mu­sic room at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate. “But when she opened her mouth to sing, it was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, and I was floored.”

The 13-year-old girl from Old Per­li­can has taken voice les­sons with Eddy ever since and like her teacher, who started per­form­ing live at a very early age, Hannah is de­vel­op­ing a taste for the stage. With her teacher’s help, Hannah is pre­par­ing to record a three-song demo with David Fitz­patrick in South River to show­case her tal­ent.

“I think I’m go­ing to like it bet­ter,” she said about the prospect of record­ing in a stu­dio. “I like singing, but per­form­ing can be pretty scary some­times … With a stu­dio al­bum, it doesn’t mat­ter how many times you mess up, be­cause you can al­ways do it again.”

Af­ter Hannah says this, Eddy is quick to point out she’s not apt to make many mis­takes when per­form­ing live. Stu­dents and staff at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate are al­ready aware of Hannah’s tal­ents. In the Bac­calieu Idol event this year, she placed first with her ren­di­tion of Adele’s mega-hit “Hello.”

“I just re­ally like Adele, and lots of peo­ple were telling me I should sing that song,” she told The Com­pass. “We prac­ticed a lot, but it wasn’t much of a chal­lenge.”

She also re­cently opened for St. John’s group Fair­gale at a show at the re­cre­ation cen­tre in Win­ter­ton, per­form­ing “Hello” and Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” with fel­low Bac­calieu Col­le­giate stu­dent Katie Bar­rett on gui­tar. The band fea­tures a few mem­bers from the Trin­ity South area.

Per­for­mance skills

Last month, she went to St. John’s for Kel­lyAnn Evans’ To­tal Tal­ent Teen Rock Show­care. Evans pro­vided some tips to Hannah and other young per­form­ers in the morn­ing be­fore they all took part in an af­ter­noon con­cert at the Ma­sonic Tem­ple.

“Know­ing how to sing and know­ing how to per­form is two dif­fer­ent things — re­ally dif­fer­ent things,” said Hannah, who will also take part in a per­for­mance boot camp with Evans this sum­mer.

Eddy knows the drill when it comes to be­ing a young per­former step­ping on to the stage to en­ter­tain an au­di­ence. She stresses the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion nec­es­sary to ex­cel in mu­sic.

“When I was in high school, I had the sup­port of my teach­ers,” re­called Eddy. “So there was a lot of times where I missed school. I would write my ex­ams at dif­fer­ent times. I missed a lot of my vol­ley­ball tour­na­ments … She’s got to re­al­ize that the mu­sic can take her away from a lot of her stuff in school.”

Eddy also rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion, as mak­ing a liv­ing solely from mu­sic is chal­leng­ing. When not hold­ing a mi­cro­phone or teach­ing mu­sic, Eddy works as a para­medic.

For now though, Hannah is not com­mit­ting her­self to any sort of long-term goals with mu­sic. All she knows is that she wants to con­tinue singing.

“What­ever hap­pens, hap­pens. I would like to keep singing in the fu­ture.”

Eddy said Hannah would join the New­found­land and Labrador Mu­sic In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion with an eye towards at­tend­ing its con­fer­ence in Oc­to­ber for some work­shops. Eddy also ex­pects Hannah will open for her New­found­land coun­try trio The Se­crets at some point this year.


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