Boulton thanks fans for helping her win region

A beyond-excited Randi Boulton is thanking her strong local fan-base for making her No. 1 in Southern Alberta.

A beyond-excited Randi Boulton is thanking her strong local fan-base for making her No. 1 in Southern Alberta.

The Lacombe-based singer got the most votes of five regional semi-finalists in CBC Radio’s Searchlight contest seeking Canada’s Best New Artist.

“I won first in my region and made nationals! Please keep voting! You guys are awesome! Now I’m top 24 in CANADA!!!!!!! AHHH!!!!” emailed Boulton, who was thrilled to have made the long list.

Some 3,000 entertainers from across the country initially entered the Searchlight contest, which relies on on-line voting to determine results. Boulton’s tune Coffee Song got enough votes to make her one of 120 top Canadian artists and then a Top 5 regional finalist. On Friday, she won her region.

Voting starts again today (Monday) to narrow down the list of Top 24 artists from across Canada.

This homestretch round of voting will close on Sunday, March 17, at 9:59.

Boulton is hoping her supporters will continue to come through for her. The contest winner gets national exposure and $10,000 of Yamaha music gear.

According to her biography on the site, Boulton is a “farm girl with a rural work ethic,” who has been in the music business for more than 15 years, pushing her songs and her sound to evolve. She’s shared the stage with everyone from Mavis Staples to George Canyon, and was selected to perform in Toronto’s Honey Jam, where Nelly Furtado was discovered. She’s back in the studio now with Juno Award-winning producer Russell Broom, famed for his work with Jann Arden.

To vote for Boulton, a big fan of Arden and Kelly Clarkson, please got to

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