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Another local musician needs your vote in CBC's Searchlight competition

James Dunbar

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BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — James Dunbar is the fifteen-year-old son of local Grey Highlands residents Ian Dunbar and Andrea Nemtin. Ian owns and operates the Dunbar Galley in Flesherton.

James and his family are stoked about his chances in the CBC Searchlight 2020 contest. In a recent Facebook post, the talented jazz pianist couldn't contain his excitement. "I'm extremely happy to announce that I have placed my original composition Red Roses into the CBC 2020 Searchlight competition," said Dunbar. "But me signing up is merely half of it," he added.

Dunbar is referring to the first round of audience voting which lasts until February 19. As of Tuesday, February 4, public voting for Searchlight 2020 officially opened and the public can show their love by voting for their favourite song once a day, every day.

50 artists will make it through by popular vote, and the other 50 will make it through by internal judging from a team of CBC Music producers, totalling a national top 100 entrants for the next round. From there, the competition gets really tough as the field is narrowed to the top 10 finalists on Thursday, Feb. 27. Finally, the winner of Searchlight 2020 will be declared on Thursday, March 5.

The Searchlight 2020 grand prize includes the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience, a week in a recording studio at the National Music Centre in Calgary and a chance to perform at the 2020 CBC Music Festival.

James Dunbar's CBC Searchlight 2020 entry, Red Roses.

To vote for James Dunbar, click on this CBC Searchlight 2020 link. You can vote once per day per artist.



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