Local teen musician Aza Deschamps was in class when she found out she was in the top 100 in the 2019 CBC Searchlight. With submissions to the competition currently estimated between 3,000-4,000 entries, it’s big news for the Revelstoke youth.
“She didn’t expect to make the top 100 after we learned the scope of the competition,” says her mother, professional photographer Sarah Mickel. “So Aza is feeling pretty excited and humbled by the community support.”
Despite the early success, Deschamps has yet to break out the bubbly (or, in her case, maybe some Sprite.) “I’m going to self promote like crazy and save the celebration if I get to the top 10,” she says.
Having been in the music industry since she was eleven, Deschamps knows several fellow musicians who entered the contest. “I was cheering for my label mates Small Town Artillery and Kate Harquail, the manager at Blue Light Studios,” she say. “I also love Daysormay from Vernon. Daysormay has also made it to the top 100 so I would love to see them do well too.”
With two singles, Strangers and Ordinary, released from her new debut album and the third video in post production, as well as a full time school schedule and extra curriculars, Deschamps is a busy teen. When asked if she has summer touring plans, Deschamps notes the priority is getting the singles and album released. “As of right now I don’t have anything in Grizzly Plaza, although I would love to perform there!” she says. “It’s always a great place to connect with lots of people.”
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