Back in January 2011, Arnprior (the town I live in) had its competition to choose its finalists for the Renfew County Idol. I wasn’t going to bother because I’ve been so busy with work (day job) and web design freelance work, but my stepdaughter convinced me to as she was also going to try out for her age group, so I tried out for the adult age group.
I was originally going to sing a Frank Sinatra song, but I felt God pulling me in a different direction, and I felt led to sing Voice of a Savior by Mandisa. I’d heard this song a few times on the radio and liked it so much that I bought it on iTunes, but I didn’t know it well enough to sing it for a competition, so I started listening to it as much as possible and learning it as well as I could, memorizing the lyrics, and asking a friend to be my accompanist as back-up tracks were not allowed for the competition. To be completely honest, I’d never competed in anything before, and was extremely nervous! 2 finalists were chosen for the adult category, and I was one of them! Unfortunately, my stepdaughter didn’t win as a finalist for her age group as the person who did win sung opera – it’s hard to compete with that!
Basically, Renfrew County is made up of many towns west of the city of Ottawa, so finalists were chosen from each town and the finalist competition is going to be on Saturday, June 11th, 2011 in Petawawa. I’ve been so busy that I really didn’t have time to even think about posting anything here about it, but it’s been more on my mind lately as the date gets closer and closer, so here it is – my exciting news!
I’m looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time as the nerves are kicking in again, but even if I don’t win, I know that I will have won for sharing the message of the song with others who may need to hear it.
If you live in, or will be in the Ottawa Valley area here in Canada and you’d like to go, click here to read the visitor information. Petawawa is just over two hours west of the city of Ottawa, so it’s a bit of a drive, but I hope it’ll be fun and my nerves don’t get the best of me!
Wish me luck!