Once in a lifetime
Winsloe teen’s dream comes true during duet with Keith Urban
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.