Once in a life­time

Winsloe teen’s dream comes true dur­ing duet with Keith Ur­ban

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MITCH MAC­DON­ALD

Ju­lia Dunn could feel the but­ter­flies in her stom­ach while wait­ing back­stage Satur­day night.

The 15-year-old Winsloe singer was get­ting ready to per­form for her big­gest au­di­ence so far, some 20 thou­sand peo­ple, dur­ing a duet with coun­try mu­sic star and Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val head­liner Keith Ur­ban.

Dunn got the chance to go from spec­ta­tor to per­former af­ter win­ning a ra­dio con­test with Monc­ton sta­tion XL Coun­try 96.9.

Af­ter hav­ing dreamed for years of be­ing on the main stage, she de­scribed the mo­ment as “sur­real.”

“I was all ner­vous, but then I saw him (Ur­ban) and some fa­mil­iar faces out in the crowd and all of the nerves kind of went away,” Dunn said dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Guardian. “I was just in the mo­ment.”

Dunn per­formed “We Were Us” with Ur­ban, which was orig­i­nally re­leased by the Aus­tralian coun­try singer and Mi­randa Lam­bert in 2013.

The per­for­mance, which came in the mid­dle of Ur­ban’s set Satur­day night, was also nerve-wrack­ing for par­ents Dar­ren and Coleen.

“We were vey proud, ex­cited and ner­vous all at the same time,” said Dar­ren.

Dunn wasn’t the only lucky crowd mem­ber in­vited on­stage dur­ing Ur­ban’s per­for­mance.

A Char­lot­te­town teen cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day was also in­ter­viewed by Ur­ban on­stage, while the coun­try singer also in­vited an On­tario man on­stage and handed out a guitar.

A Grammy award-win­ning per­former, Ur­ban was one of the main draws for the sev­enth an­nual coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Jeff Squires de­scribed Ur­ban’s show as “mag­i­cal.”

“He was very in­ter­ac­tive with the crowd and ac­tive on so­cial media the day af­ter,” said Squires. “All the spe­cial things he in­cor­po­rates into his show, like giv­ing out gui­tars, in­volv­ing the au­di­ence, it just helps make him the world-class per­former he is.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence was price­less for Dunn, who also has hopes of be­com­ing a per­former some day.

Dunn, who said she’s been singing since can re­mem­ber, is al­ready in the process of writ­ing and record­ing her first EP with well-known Char­lot­te­town mu­si­cian David Rashed. Dunn got a keep­sake which may some­day help her mu­si­cal am­bi­tions. Af­ter be­ing rushed off­stage, Ur­ban’s team gave Dunn a signed guitar with a mes­sage “Ju­lia! I loved sin­gin’ with ya!”


A large crowd starts pour­ing into the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val grounds dur­ing Alan Doyle’s per­for­mance Satur­day.


Winsloe res­i­dent Ju­lia Dunn, 15, holds a guitar signed by Keith Ur­ban that she re­ceived af­ter per­form­ing with the Aus­tralian-born coun­try mu­sic star dur­ing the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Satur­day night. Dunn won the op­por­tu­nity to per­form with Ur­ban in a ra­dio con­test.


New­found­land mu­si­cian Alan Doyle per­forms on the Lotto Max Main Stage of the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Satur­day evening.

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