Salayah Stange is this year’s winner of the Bermuda Festival Heather Nova Singer/Songwriter Competition, with the young singer set to receive a cash prize, perform at the Bermuda Festival events, and professionally record one of her songs.
Ms. Nova said, “I am thrilled to announce that this year’s winner of the annual Heather Nova Singer/Songwriter Competition is Salayah Stange.
“Although there were some very talented entrants, Salayah stood out as having exceptional talent in her songwriting – both melodically and lyrically, as well as having a beautiful and expressive singing voice, and playing both piano and guitar.
“I look forward to mentoring her, and helping her develop her natural talent. As winner of the competition, she will receive a cash prize, be performing as an opening act at one of the Bermuda Festival events, and will have the opportunity to go into the studio with me to professionally record one of her songs.
“I must add that there were some very very impressive entries, and I applaud all of you who had the courage to put yourself out there and enter this competition. I can honestly say you are all very talented and should be very proud of your work.
“Because of the high caliber of songwriting demonstrated this year, I feel that all entrants should be rewarded for their talent and passion. Each of them is writing good songs, has their own individual style, and is sharing a part of themselves in their writing in a genuine and creative way, which is what it takes to be a good songwriter.
“That deserves recognition. I have decided to offer an hour of coaching and feedback to each participant if they would like it. I will be selecting a venue and date in the near future [to be announced shortly] when I will be available to spend an hour of personal, individual time with each songwriter to offer tips and advice on how to further develop and take their writing and performing to the next level.
“It is exciting to see such genuine talent in our small community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to encourage and inspire our young writers.”