Old Perlican songstress turning heads
Old Perlican singer dedicated to exploring potential
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.
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.