Spa­niard’s Bay singer perks ears

Mon­treal record la­bel shows an in­ter­est in Spa­niard’s Bay singer-song­writer

The Compass - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

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