Campus idol hitting the road

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Carde to represent NSCC Cumberland Campus in singing competition

SPRINGHILL - Some musicians have been singing all of their life but not Julie Carde. She started when it was right for her.

Campus idol hitting the road

SPRINGHILL - Some musicians have been singing all of their life but not Julie Carde. She started when it was right for her.

I started when I was 14. I didnt even know I could sing.

In the running to become this years Nova Scotia Community Colleges Campus Idol, Carde will hit the road this weekend to participate in the idol finals in New Glasgow and represent the Cumberland Campus here in Springhill. Campus Idol, a singing competition stylized after the popular television reality contests American Idol and Canadian Idol, pits the best vocal talent from NSCC campuses throughout the province for a one-night extravaganza with professional judging, lights and sound.

Its quite a step up from Cardes singing debut in her living room at 14 after spotting a karaoke machine for sale at a Halifax market.

I asked my mom for it for Christmas and she got it for me, Carde said.

With a cassette tape loaded with such hits as 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton and Mariah Careys Ill Be There, Carde launched what would soon become a successful reputation as a talented musician here in Cumberland County and beyond.

Campus Idol isnt her first stint at the idol competitions. She has been to Toronto twice with the Canadian Idol competition.

A competitive vocalist and karaoke buff, Carde has experienced first hand the inside workings of the Canadian Idol machine and says competing locally is more pleasant.

In Toronto everything was so fast-paced. Once the audition started they get you in and out of there in a flash, Carde says. You have no time to think.

In comparison, the regional finals for Campus Idol was an evening of entertainment and fun at Teazers Pub in Amherst where Carde sang Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel and Only One by Melissa Etheridge.

Choosing the right song can make or break a contestant, Carde said, and she gives a lot of though to her song selections before taking the stage, be it for fun or competition.

I try to showcase my voice; a little bit of rock, a little bit of soul, a little bit of power. Its hard picking the right song but its important to every competition youre in.

After Campus Idol, Carde said she expects life will go back to normal: work, schoolwork and very little leisure time to use towards working in bands or on the stage. Until then, though, the Campus Idol stage is calling and Cardes ready to give it her all and represent the Cumberland Campus proudly.

Organizations: Canadian Idol, Cumberland

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, New Glasgow, Toronto Halifax Mariah Careys Ill Cumberland County Amherst

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