PONTIAC – Fifteen year old Municipality of Pontiac resident, Natasha Curley, opened for country music artist, Dallas Smith, at the Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa, November 6, after winning a contest through the Country 101.1 radio station. Curley performed 6 songs, including an original song she composed herself with the help of her music teacher, Jason D’Agulair.
Contestants had to upload a video of themselves singing on the radio station’s website, where viewers could vote for their favourite video. Natasha received 1,251 votes in total for her performance of Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar,” which was one of the songs she performed at the concert.
When asked about her performance, Curley stated, “I had no butterflies what so ever, it was amazing. I wouldn’t change it for the world! The crowd was awesome, and I received so many positive comments. All my family and friends came to watch.” Curley attended a sound check before the contest to rehearse the songs planned for the evening, which included “Traveling Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks, “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam, and “Pirate Flag” by Kenny Chesney. Curley played her guitar for every song.
After the concert, Curley had the opportunity to meet Dallas Smith. “My dressing room was right beside theirs so I got to hangout with them. They are such sweet people,” explained Curley.
Curley is currently a grade 9 student at Pontiac High School in Shawville, who enjoys sports and figure skating. “She has been singing and playing guitar for about 4 years. She plays and sings a wide range of music from country, to pop, to 80s rock. Her family is very proud of her,” concluded Curley’s mother.