Local singer/songwriter makes regional finalist in CBC competition


Special to the RTT

Local pop/ountry singer-songwriter Sydney Matlock advanced to being a regional finalist for 2017 CBC Searchlight Competition.

Matlock, an Amherstburg native now attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, debuted her first single “Follow Me” which was produced by Marty Bak at SLR Studios with Christian Vegh on guitar and a Searchlight video produced by Ian Mandt.

“I feel absolutely thrilled. At the start of all this, I definitely was never expecting to be a regional finalist. I have entered the competition in the past, all throughout high school and nothing has ever happened,” said Matlock. “I try to go by the mentality that you lose nothing by trying to open doors for yourself and taking opportunities. So this year, I decided to reach out to my family, friends and social media to vote for me and get engaged with my music. Yesterday, I found out and felt pleasantly surprised, however it was just another wake up call that I am capable of doing this.”

Sydney Matlock was a regional finalist in the CBC Searchlight competition. (Special to the RTT)

Sydney Matlock was a regional finalist in the CBC Searchlight competition. (Special to the RTT)

According to a press release, Matlock is making a name for herself as vice president/co-administrator of the Berklee Songwriting Club and Social Media and Marketing Manager of “Treble Threat,” an all female A Cappella group.  She is planning on interning in Nashville this summer for songwriting.  Matlock also recently performed at the Biz X Awards in Windsor and at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.

Matlock added she is honoured her first single was chosen for the CBC Searchlight Competition. It was recorded after a bad time in her family’s lives so it has additional meaning.

“’Follow You’ was recorded right after my family’s house fire and was the first contact I had with music since the event happened,” said Matlock. “It’s very special to me, and it’s nice to see that it’s being recognized because I put lot of work into my original music. It is a country song with pop elements. I feel very proud of myself and am even more honored to be representing my family, Amherstburg, and Windsor/Essex County area.”

It is not the first time Matlock’s work has been featured in a major competition. She was also a finalist in the Canada South Songwriting Contest, which was featured at the Kingsville Folk Festival with headliner Buffy St. Marie.


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