First prize

Singer-song­writer Yvette Cole­man look­ing for­ward to home town per­for­mance

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY danette@nl.rogers.com

Corner Brook’s Yvette Cole­man con­tin­ues to make a name for her­self on the mu­sic scene in this prov­ince and be­yond. The tal­ented singer­song­writer won first prize at the In­ter­na­tional Pre­sen­ta­tion of Per­form­ers Com­pe­ti­tion in Los An­ge­les this sum­mer. She is cur­rently back in L.A. at­tend­ing song­writ­ing ses­sions and work­ing with pro­duc­ers.

Corner Brook’s Yvette Cole­man con­tin­ues to make a name for her­self on the mu­sic scene in this prov­ince and be­yond.

The tal­ented singer-song­writer won first prize at the In­ter­na­tional Pre­sen­ta­tion of Per­form­ers Com­pe­ti­tion in Los An­ge­les this sum­mer. She is cur­rently back in LA at­tend­ing song­writ­ing ses­sions and work­ing with pro­duc­ers.

“Some­times, I go into a ses­sion and I’ll write for my­self. Or, some­times, I’ll go into a ses­sion and I’ll write for some­one else,” the 25-year-old said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view on Nov. 9.

Cole­man grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Toronto with a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic in per­for­mance voice. She’s also trained at the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Song In­sti­tute, Bos­ton Tan­gle­wood In­sti­tute, St. An­drews’ Vo­cal Pro­gram and at the Cen­ter of Opera Stud­ies in Sul­mona, Italy.

Closer to home, she has been per­form­ing at Gros Morne Sum­mer Mu­sic since her early teenage years and will be back in Corner Brook next month to co-di­rect and per­form dur­ing the fes­ti­val’s Christ­mas Gala and Silent Auc­tion to be held at the Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre on Dec. 22.

Cole­man has been liv­ing in Toronto for about seven years. She is lead vo­cals in her band Saint Yves. Other band mem­bers are Jon Pike on key­board and Jeremy Kelly on drums.

“I went to high school with (Jon), she said. “We started to co-write to­gether in Toronto… I was about to re­lease a solo project. Then, Jeremy Kelly came to Toronto and he heard one of the songs my­self and Jon wrote. Jeremy in­spired the band idea.”

The band — which Cole­man de­scribes as “adult con­tem­po­rary pop” re­leased its de­but sin­gle “Next to Me” about two months ago and will soon re­lease its sec­ond sin­gle.

Saint Yves has also started re­hears­ing for live per­for­mances and have been in con­ver­sa­tion with dif­fer­ent mu­sic venues in Toronto.

A lover of clas­si­cal mu­sic and art song, Cole­man is the youngest of Frank and Yvonne Cole­man’s seven chil­dren. Her fam­ily and friends have al­ways sup­ported her mu­sic en­deav­ours, she said.

“When you’re per­form­ing, you rely so much on your au­di­ence. And, when I’m (per­form­ing) in Corner Brook, the sup­port I feel car­ries me through­out the year.”

While she’s quick to thank fam­ily and friends for their con­tin­ued sup­port, Cole­man said she is also grate­ful to her teacher Gary Gra­ham — for­mer GMSM chair (from 2007-2017) and name­sake of GMSM’s Gra­ham Academy.

“There are so many gen­res of mu­sic and when you grow up with some­one who en­cour­ages you … and that ver­sa­til­ity is okay, it al­lows me to do what I’m do­ing now… which is go­ing with what­ever way the wind takes me.”

At the mo­ment the wind is mov­ing Cole­man in a di­rec­tion which sees spend­ing much of her time as a song­writer.

Her fu­ture dreams in­clude carv­ing a ca­reer as a per­form­ing artist and per­form­ing many of her own songs.

But for now, she’s con­tent with where she is in her mu­si­cal en­deav­ours.

“I’m mak­ing a liv­ing right now writ­ing for other peo­ple. That’s been a very mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I’m try­ing to open as many doors as I can right now,” she said.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Yvette Cole­man is seen with fel­low mem­bers of Saint Yves, Jon Pike, left, and Jeremy Kelly.

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