One of seven local artists makes Searchlight cut

Kamloops singer-songwriter Madison Olds has made the cut in the CBC Searchlight music contest.

She was the only one to make the top 100 of the seven local artists who applied.

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Her submission to the contest, Thank You, was released in September 2018.

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Kamloops singer-songwriter Madison Olds has made the first cut in CBC's Searchlight music contest. -

In Searchlight, the top 100 is comprised of 50 tracks selected by CBC Music judges and 50 tracks selected by online voting.

Olds’ track was selected by CBC judges.

She recorded Thank You in Nashville in collaboration with Canadian producer Brian Howes, who has worked with bands like Mother Mother, Nickelback and Daughtry.

Olds was one of the three members of The Bees and the Bare Bones who, in 2016, won $10,000 toward a recording session and a trip to Nashville in a nationwide contest.

Since then, Olds has released two singles, Moments in the Mountains — which she wrote for and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2018 BC Winter Games — and Can’t Touch, released in July 2018.

The Kamloops artists who missed the cut are At Mission Dolores, Deandra Dey, Jeremy Androsoff, Lauren Klein, Leon Racicot and The Houses (Where We Grew Up).

The top 100 list will be further narrowed to a top 10 through a second round of public voting, and this time three will be selected by votes and seven by CBC judges.

The winner of the contest will be announced on CBC Radio’s q on March 7.

To see the entire top 100 list and to vote, go online to

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