Vernon’s Raquel Cole can now add a Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award to her list of accomplishments.
The 22-year-old Vernon musician just wrapped up Canadian Country Music Week in Halifax with the announcement that she is this year’s CCMA Discovery Program winner.
Cole wowed the crowds, performing her original material on her electric guitar and backed by a band as part of the CCMA Discovery Showcase concert Thursday.
“I had so much fun jamming on stage with these amazing musicians,” said Cole, posting about the moment.
With the announcement of her win, Cole thanked the CCMA for providing such an amazing opportunity as the Discovery Program. She also received a shout out from Alberta recording artist Brett Kissel, who worked with Cole as part of the program.
Developed to educate and support Canadian country music artists in their pursuit of a career in the music industry, the CCMA Discovery award is bestowed upon one of six finalists and is based upon compiled scores from several major milestones of the program. Those include a panel interview, a written essay, and the showcase performance.
Cole ended Country Music Week walking the John Deere “green” carpet at Sunday’s televised CCMA awards, and had her picture taken with Jimmy Rankin.
She is about to resume a tour through the eastern U.S with American recording artist Josh Turner and will return to Nashville to continue writing songs for an upcoming album.