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CBC Searchlight ladies with whom I’d like to be friends // part 2

Nuela Charles, Julia McDougall, Molly ThomasonWelcome to another instalment of CBC Searchlight ladies with whom I’d like to be friends! I have another three wonderful women making amazing music to share with you today. As I mentioned in part 1, during the regional rounds of CBC’s Searchlight Competition, you can vote in multiple cities every day. These three ladies definitely have my vote.

1. Nuela Charles (top left, photo credit: Steven Hope)

Nuela Charles’ Searchlight entry, Unfortunate Love featuring Darren Frank, is super slick and drew me in immediately with it’s Amy Winehouse style horn lines and piano riffing. When she started singing, I was hooked. I love this song because it manages to sound like both a throwback to vintage soul and a modern pop song. Nuela is located in Edmonton and you can vote for her in the Radio Active lineup here.

2. Julia McDougall (top right, photo credit: Chris Graham)

Julia McDougall’s latest EP, I Don’t Really Care, jam-packs a ton expert arrangements and beautifully crafted songs into four short tracks. Her songs are whimsical and wistful and I seriously wish there were more than four of them on the album. Julia is located in Regina and you can vote for her in the Afternoon Edition lineup here.

3. Molly Thomason (bottom, photo credit: Catherine Fancy)

Molly Thomason’s entry, Silence Don’t Scare Me, is a remarkably self-assured piece of music. Between her creative lyrical sense and the incredibly catchy hook, this is a song worth repeated listening. Molly is from Antagonish and you can vote for her in the Mainstreet Nova Scotia lineup here.

That’s it for this instalment! Thanks for taking the time to vote for some wonderful women. If you want to vote for me, you can do so by visiting and clicking the VOTE button next to my entry. Thank you!

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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