Seven local artists enter CBC's Searchlight music contest

Round one of public voting is now open and continues until Feb. 14

Seven Kamloops artists have entered the CBC Searchlight music contest with the hope of being thrown into the spotlight with a win in the nationwide contest.

At Mission Dolores, Deandra Dey, Jeremy Androsoff, Lauren Klein, Leon Racicot, Madison Olds and The Houses (Where We Grew Up) have entered the national broadcaster’s music contest.

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Public voting for the contest began on Feb. 5 and the first round will continue until Feb. 14.

Once the submissions have been narrowed down to the top 100 songs, another round of voting will reduce the field to 10 songs. From the top 10, a panel of celebrity judges will decide the Searchlight winner and announce the victor on CBC Radio's q on March 7.

At Mission Dolores, a band headed by JP Lancaster which was recently featured in a KTW article, has entered the title track from its latest album Cool World, released Friday. Listen and vote here.

Singer-songwriter Deandra Dey has put up the romantic Still Dreaming. The yoga instructor and mental health counsellor was born in Brandon, Man. but lives in Kamloops. She released her EP Letters in 2016. Vote here.

Jeremy Androsoff has entered the high energy dance track Ghost, which he wrote and performed, with mixing help from his brother Daniel. Androsoff has hosted Japanese music show Animé-d in Japan ‘Insanity on the Radio' on campus-community radio station CFBX since 2005. Listen and vote here.

Lauren Klein entered Don’t Ask, a track from her double album Mindfull, released in August 2018. The Kamloops-based singer-songwriter plays says her music bridges the gap between the folk and alternative genres. Listen and vote here.

Truth is No Longer is the rock track submitted by Leon Racicot, who played with the Henry Small Band in the River City. Racicot also produced a music video to accompany the entry. Listen and vote here.

Madison Olds submitted her latest single Thank You, released in September 2018. The pop track is one of many on her upcoming album Blue, set for release on Feb. 22. The song was produced in Nashville with Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning producer Brian Howes. Vote here.

The Houses (Where We Grew Up) were also featured in a recent KTW story and just released their 14-track debut album, Dying, on Feb. 1. But their submission, 8th Ave, is a single and not among those tracks. Listen and vote here.

Fans can register one vote per day. To see other entries and to vote, go online to

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