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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man

Drumheller

singer song writer Abby Fooks is mak­ing her voice heard at the Cal­gary Stam­pede Tal­ent Search.

It is scary wait­ing to see if you got in or not. I thought my per­for­mance went well, and I had a lot of fun with it. The ex­pe­ri­ence I have gained has been amaz­ing, so even if I do not make it fur­ther I am happy with the re­sults.” Abby Fooks

Drumheller is be­ing rep­re­sented in the Cal­gary Stam­pede Tal­ent Search by 16-year old songstress Abby Fooks.

Fooks has been charm­ing Drumheller res­i­dents with her songs for al­most two years now. She re­leased an al­bum ti­tled “My Kind of Fun” ear­lier this year, and does not seem to be slow­ing down.

Fooks had au­di­tioned for the Cal­gary Stam­pede Tal­ent Search back in April and was cho­sen as a com­peti­tor in the Tal­ent Search. Hun­dreds of hope­ful youth au­di­tioned for the Ta lent Search, with only a hand­ful se­lected to par­tic­i­pate.

Among those se­lected is Fooks , who per­formed in Pre­lim­i­nar­ies on Fri­day, July 8.

Fooks chose to sing the song “Chan­de­lier” by Sia. She re­marks why she chose this song.

“It is the song I au­di­tioned with. I felt re­ally com­fort- able singing it and it is also a very strong song. I was unaware at the time that I would have to sing that song through­out the whole com­pe­ti­tion but I am happy with it.”

“I tried to en­gage with the au­di­ence and move around more while I was per­form­ing. I got re­ally into it while singing and tried to make eye con­tact more,” says Fooks.

When se­lected in the Tal­ent Search, per­form­ers also are given the op­por­tu­nity to per­form around the Cal­gary Stam­pede.

“On Sun­day, I per­formed at Draft Horse Town. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They even brought me in on a horse and buggy,” says Fooks.

Fooks will also be per­form­ing on Tues­day, July 12, at Olympic Plaza, the steps of the Sad­dle­dome, and again at Draft Horse Town lo­cated at the Agri­cul­ture Zone. Fooks will find out if she made it past pre­lim­i­nar­ies on Tues­day, July 12. Re­sults were not avail­able at press time. “It is scary wait­ing to see if you got in or not. I thought my per­for­mance went well, and I had a lot of fun with it. The ex­pe­ri­ence I have gained has been amaz­ing, so even if I do not make it fur­ther I am happy with the re­sults.”

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Lo­cal Abby Fooks per­forms “Chan­de­lier” by Sia at the Cal­gary Stam­pede Tal­ent Search on Fri­day, July 8. Fooks per­formed in the pre­lim­i­nary stage and is wait­ing to hear if she made it to the semi-fi­nal round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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