Spa­niard’s Bay mu­si­cian named win­ner of Sing NL sea­son two

Suc­cess comes with siz­able prize pack­age

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS Chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

“There’s a lot of anx­i­ety that comes with go­ing up on stage and per­form­ing, but once I’m up there, I for­get about all that”

— Ally Nose­wor­thy

SPA­NIARD’S BAY, NL — Ally Nose­wor­thy of Spa­niard’s Bay has re­cently claimed first place in the sec­ond Sing NL com­pe­ti­tion.

Nose­wor­thy, 16, has been singing her en­tire life, with an undy­ing pas­sion for mu­sic of all forms. How­ever, she ex­plained to the Com­pass that she had only been per­form­ing for a few years, so her suc­cess in Sing NL is some­thing she won’t soon for­get.

“I was very sur­prised,” she said. “But it was so awe­some. I’m re­ally grate­ful.”

Up­wards of 100 con­tes­tants au­di­tioned for sec­ond sea­son of Sing NL, a singing com­pe­ti­tion pre­sented by the Tele­gram and Zack Werner. After sev­eral weeks of com­pe­ti­tion, only 10 of those singers made their way to the fi­nal round. Nose­wor­thy, along­side Rachel Wad­dle­ton, were named this sea­son’s win­ners in the adult and youth cat­e­gories re­spec­tively – an award Nose­wor­thy was very proud to ac­cept.

“The en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence was re­ally ex­cit­ing. I met a lot of great peo­ple, and made a lot of friends with the other singers,” Nose­wor­thy said. “It was just a re­ally great time, and com­ing out in first place is still re­ally amaz­ing to me.”

While Nose­wor­thy has been singing, play­ing in­stru­ments and per­form­ing for a num­ber of years, mu­sic comes rather nat­u­rally to her.

She ex­plained that she’s only taken a hand­ful of mu­sic lessons from fel­low mu­si­cians Me­lanie O’Brien and Craig Sharpe at var­i­ous points in her life, but her tal­ents as a singer are some­thing of a nat­u­ral-born gift.

Nose­wor­thy said it was dif­fi­cult for her to pin­point any spe­cific mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, not­ing her range of tastes in mu­sic, ul­ti­mately adding to her own style when it comes to singing and per­form­ing.

“I wouldn’t re­ally know who I’m in­flu­enced by,” she said. “I lis­ten to so much mu­sic, and it’s all so different. I’m just re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of mu­sic, and all the different artists that are out there, so I try to en­joy mu­sic for what it is, no mat­ter what.”

Along with be­ing named win­ner of Sing NL, Nose­wor­thy also fondly re­mem­bers be­ing named win­ner of As­cen­sion Idol, a mu­si­cal com­pe­ti­tion at her high school, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate. She listed the ex­pe­ri­ence, which hap­pened only a lit­tle over a year ago, as one of her fond­est mem­o­ries as a per­former, along­side one of her new­est mem­o­ries – be­ing awarded in Sing NL.

“There’s a lot of anx­i­ety that comes with go­ing up on stage and per­form­ing, but once I’m up there, I for­get about all that,” Nose­wor­thy said. “Singing is my favourite thing to do. Mu­sic has helped me through a lot of re­ally hard times. It’s one of the big­ger things, I guess you could say, cop­ing mech­a­nisms in my life. I’ve been play­ing pi­ano since I was four or five years old, and it’s just some­thing that I re­ally en­joy do­ing.”

This par­tic­u­lar suc­cess in her mu­sic ca­reer comes along with a num­ber of ex­cit­ing prizes. Nose­wor­thy’s prize pack­age in­cludes a two-song, pro­fes­sion­ally-recorded demo; a mu­sic video pro­duced by Up Sky Down films and fea­tured on the Tele­gram’s web­site; a pho­to­shoot with pho­tog­ra­pher Amy Fitz­patrick; a so­cial me­dia plan and web­page de­sign by World­beat En­ter­tain­ment and so­cial me­dia ex­pert Mary So­rani; a one-hour life­style and me­dia con­sul­ta­tion with Toronto-based fit­ness and life­style coach, and for­mer TV pro­ducer, Caleigh Rykiss; a one-hour con­sul­ta­tion with en­ter­tain­ment lawyer Greg Stephens; one month of pri­vate vo­cal coach­ing with Zack Werner and Idol School NL; show­case per­for­mances at the Rock­house and the Black Sheep; an elec­tronic press kit, which in­cludes a live record­ing and an in­ter­view video shoot spon­sored by Acad­emy Canada, and a guest ap­pear­ance on Rogers TV`s “NL Now.”

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Ally Nose­wor­thy, 16, said she was sur­prised, but ex­cited, to hear her name called as win­ner of Sing NL.

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Nose­wor­thy has been singing and play­ing mu­sic for as long as she can re­mem­ber, but has only taken her tal­ents to the stage within the past few years.

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