St. John’s, NL: Beth Lane, Jenna Maloney, and Jayne Batstone take first, second and third place, respectively, in the NewFound Talent Contest.
Ten talented young people from across the province performed at a pre-recorded event in front of a panel of three MusicNL award winning judges. The event hosted by Don-E Coady, premiered on social media on September 2nd where the three winners were announced:
- first place – Beth Lane, 17-year-old from Bishop’s Falls
- second place – Jenna Maloney, 18-year-old from St. John’s
- third place – Jayne Batstone, 16-year-old from St. John’s
Aimed at being a catalyst for propelling the careers of young musicians in Newfoundland & Labrador, the purpose of the contest is to discover, develop, encourage, and showcase young entertainers. The competition offers professional development prizes valued at over $6,000 to aid talented young performers so that they can take their song writing and performing skills to the next level.
“The competition was fierce,” says David Shears, Communications & Programs Manager of MusicNL. “We were all blown away by the calibre of performances. The judges had some very difficult decisions to make.”
MusicNL thanks Equinor, The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society, DC Design House, Krisjan Leslie (LabOfChaos), Atlantic Disc and DVD, Tom Cochrane Photo, Laughing Heart Music, Citadel House Records, Hurricane Music, Ritche Perez Photography, Long & McQuade, judges Mary Barry, Melanie O’Brien and Jordan Coaker for their support of the NewFound Talent Contest.
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