Spaniard’s Bay singer perks ears
Montreal record label shows an interest in Spaniard’s Bay singer-songwriter
Ally Noseworthy’s performance at a recent music festival earned the Spaniard’s Bay native a recording contract offer.
Ally Noseworthy’s recent performance at an international music festival on the Burin Peninsula earned her an important new fan.
Now there’s talk the 17-yearold singer-songwriter from Conception Bay North could find herself recording for a Montreal-based record label.
“It’s really exciting — I don’t even completely understand it yet,” she told The Compass during a recent interview at her family’s home in Spaniard’s Bay.
Shortly after she attended MusicNL Week in Twillingate (where she won the youth competition), Noseworthy was off to the Burin Peninsula for the Live at Heart Newfoundland Global Music Business Conference, held in Burin, Fortune and Marystown Oct. 10-13.
Having applied online to perform,
“I don’t try overly hard to push myself to write more music or practice, because the reason I started singing in the first place is because I enjoy it.”
— Ally Noseworthy
she did two sets featuring her original songs and a couple of covers. Her talent attracted the attention of a representative from Indica Records, a label based in Montreal featuring a stable of artists mostly from Quebec.
“The first night I was there was pretty relaxing,” she said. “I was the second person to sing, and I didn’t know any of these people, but a lot of people wanted to talk to me.”
A lot of compliments came her way. She got a call the next morning from the Indica Records representative, who made an offer over the phone to sign Noseworthy to the label.
“After that, a lot of people came to listen to me the second night, and they wanted to hear a lot of my originals, and I sang for a little bit longer than I did the night before,” Noseworthy said. “And it went really well.”
She had another conversation with the label rep the next morning before heading back home. Noseworthy is in her final year of high school at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts (she’s a former Ascension Idol winner and will perform at this year’s event). She intends to graduate before she gives any thought to committing to a record label, and Noseworthy has also been advised to retain an entertainment lawyer before signing any deals. For now, there’s talk of her flying to Montreal in the spring for a visit.
She’s still very much surprised by this attention.
“It’s really hard to grasp and it’s an experience I’ve obviously never had before, because I never thought I’d have the opportunity (to sign a record deal), so I can’t really wrap my head around it yet,” Noseworthy said.
It’s been quite a couple of years for Noseworthy. Last December, she won the Sing NL adult competition, having placed second in the youth competition earlier in the year.
When it comes to her music, Noseworthy does not have any sort of set schedule for practicing or working on her songs.
“I don’t have a schedule — it’s just something I do when I want to do it,” she explained. “I don’t try overly hard to push myself to write more music or practice, because the reason I started singing in the first place is because I enjoy it.”
That said, Noseworthy is beginning to realize if she wants to engage the music industry, she’ll have to take her singing and songwriting more seriously.
“It’s going to feel very different — not that it will feel like a burden or obligation. It’s going to be different because it’s something I’m going to have to do a lot more often than I’ve done.”
In addition to Ascension Idol, Noseworthy will perform later this year as part of Newfoundland sibling duo Conway’s Christmas show in St. John’s (no date has been announced).
A Montreal record label has shown interest in Spaniard’s Bay singersongwriter Ally Noseworthy.