SPANIARD’S BAY, NL — Ally Noseworthy of Spaniard’s Bay has recently claimed first place in the second Sing NL competition.
Noseworthy, 16, has been singing her entire life, with an undying passion for music of all forms. However, she explained to the Compass that she had only been performing for a few years, so her success in Sing NL is something she won’t soon forget.
“I was very surprised,” she said. “But it was so awesome. I’m really grateful.”
Upwards of 100 contestants auditioned for the second season of Sing NL, a singing competition presented by the Telegram and former Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner. After several weeks of competition, only 10 of those singers made their way to the final round. Noseworthy, alongside Rachel Waddleton, were named this season’s winners in the adult and youth categories respectively – an award Noseworthy was very proud to accept.
“The entire experience was really exciting. I met a lot of great people, and made a lot of friends with the other singers,” Noseworthy said. “It was just a really great time, and coming out in first place is still really amazing to me.”
While Noseworthy has been singing, playing instruments and performing for a number of years, music comes rather naturally to her.
She explained that she’s only taken a handful of music lessons from fellow musicians Melanie O’Brien and Craig Sharpe at various points in her life, but her talents as a singer are something of a natural-born gift.
Noseworthy said it was difficult for her to pinpoint any specific musical influences, noting her range of tastes in music, ultimately adding to her own style when it comes to singing and performing.
“I wouldn’t really know who I’m influenced by,” she said. “I listen to so much music, and it’s all so different. I’m just really appreciative of music, and all the different artists that are out there, so I try to enjoy music for what it is, no matter what.”
Along with being named winner of Sing NL, Noseworthy also fondly remembers being named winner of Ascension Idol, a musical competition at her high school, Ascension Collegiate. She listed the experience, which happened only a little over a year ago, as one of her fondest memories as a performer, alongside one of her newest memories – being awarded in Sing NL.
“There’s a lot of anxiety that comes with going up on stage and performing, but once I’m up there, I forget about all that,” Noseworthy said. “Singing is my favourite thing to do. Music has helped me through a lot of really hard times. It’s one of the bigger things, I guess you could say, coping mechanisms in my life. I’ve been playing piano since I was four or five years old, and it’s just something that I really enjoy doing.”
This particular success in her music career comes along with a number of exciting prizes. Noseworthy’s prize package includes a two-song, professionally-recorded demo; a music video produced by Up Sky Down films and featured on the Telegram’s website; a photoshoot with photographer Amy Fitzpatrick; a social media plan and webpage design by Worldbeat Entertainment and social media expert Mary Sorani; a one-hour lifestyle and media consultation with Toronto-based fitness and lifestyle coach, and former TV producer, Caleigh Rykiss; a one-hour consultation with entertainment lawyer Greg Stephens; one month of private vocal coaching with Zack Werner and Idol School NL; showcase performances at the Rockhouse and the Black Sheep; an electronic press kit, which includes a live recording and an interview video shoot sponsored by Academy Canada, and a guest appearance on Rogers TV`s “NL Now.”