Local musician makes it into final round in international competition
By Angelica Ingram
July 26, 2016
An aspiring musician from Haliburton is one step closer to achieving her dreams.
Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Glecoff is one of the final 13 contestants in the Open Mic International Singing Competition.
The idea to enter the competition came from Cassidy’s mom, Denise, who is always looking for ways to get her daughter’s name out there.
Based out of the U.K., the competition accepts singers from all over the world.
To enter the competition Cassidy’s dad, Jason, recorded a video of his daughter singing Bon Iver’s Skinny Love in their living room and she submitted a short bio.
Once Cassidy made it to the second round she recorded another video at Canoe FM, which was tweaked by Positive Video Productions, singing You and I by Ingrid Michaelson.
“I was surprised, because there were so many people [who entered],” she said. “It kind of just made it more nerve wracking.”
Now Cassidy has gone from being one of 200,000 contestants to competing against a dozen other singers.
The feeling, she says, is unbelievable.
“When we entered this we didn’t expect much,” says Jason. “Now it’s just kind of snowballed.”
To make it through to the next round Cassidy needs to get votes from the public and is hoping the community gets behind her.
The voting takes place from July 22 to Aug. 8. To vote for Cassidy visit www.VoteFair.org/cgi-bin/votefairgenballot.cgi/votingid=08257-63311-42640. Once you have voted you will be given a confirmation number, which must be emailed to OpenMic-Vote@mail.com, for the vote to be counted.
The community of Haliburton has already offered so much help and support to Cassidy, from booking her for events to guiding her along in her career, says Jason.
“There has been such great support from so many people in town,” he said.
Some of those who have supported Cassidy include Albert Saxby, Lutz Haedicke, Barrie Martin, Kris Kadwell, Ian Pay, Don Gage, Mark Tomlinson, Walter Tose, Tim Tofflemire, Chad Ingram, Adrian and Wendy Vargas, Carl Dixon, Val Balaski, Jerelyn Craden and the list goes on.
A self-taught guitar and keyboard player, Cassidy has been playing at local events and festivals for the past few years and hopes to one day become a famous musician.
She describes her sound as acoustic blues alternative indy and looks up to artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.
Recently she has been recording music with Saxby, who has written songs for her.
At this point she mostly sings cover songs, but hopes to pursue songwriting more in the future.
“I don’t think I’ve gotten comfortable with the idea of sharing that yet but to pursue this I think I need to write my own music and I do enjoy it,” she says.
Both Jason and Denise are supportive of their daughter’s dreams and encourage her to follow her passion for music.
Although his daughter has an incredible amount of talent, Jason says much of her success has come from Cassidy’s hard work and determination.
“One of the comments that I get from people around town is that you must be so proud, she’s got such great talent,” says Jason. “It’s 10 per cent talent and 90 per cent work. She works at it ... she plays for hours and hours every day ... she works very, very hard.”
Entering her final year of high school at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School this fall, Cassidy is a scholar, typically achieving averages in the 90s, says Denise.
If she won the competition, Cassidy would do something uncharacteristic for a teenager. She would put the prize money into a savings account.
“If money is just given to me I feel like I should be responsible with it,” she says.
Cassidy’s audition videos can be viewed on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAqjC9iorEY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I54Dyxf8aSM.
For more information on the contest visit www.openmic-international.co.uk.