Former Red Deer College student Alecia Aichelle and her band perform at Fratters Speakeasy on Saturday as part of Westerner Days.

Former Red Deer College student Alecia Aichelle and her band perform at Fratters Speakeasy on Saturday as part of Westerner Days.

Country artist Alecia Aichelle to perform at Fratters Speakeasy

Alberta-based singer-songwriter Alecia Aichelle brings her country band to Fratters Speakeasy on Saturday for a Westerner Days performance. The former Red Deer College student has four singles on iTunes and plans to record a full album in Nashville this fall.

Alberta-based singer-songwriter Alecia Aichelle brings her country band to Fratters Speakeasy on Saturday for a Westerner Days performance.

The former Red Deer College student has four singles on iTunes and plans to record a full album in Nashville this fall.

She performs locally with her band as well as spends time in Nashville songwriting and performing at venues including the legendary Bluebird Café.

Aichelle will be on stage at Fratters from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Aichelle was born and raised in Kelowna, where she started singing and playing the piano at a very young age. As a teenager, she began songwriting and learned to play guitar. After graduating high school, she attended the Red Deer College music program and received her music diploma in voice and piano performance.

Shortly before attending RDC, a large tumour was found on her thyroid gland. Fearing that it was cancerous, doctors determined that the only option was surgery to remove the tumour. During surgery ,a nerve was severed, which resulted in what the doctors said “permanent paralysis of Alecia’s right vocal cord.”

She was told by a throat specialist that she would never speak normally, let alone sing again. She says now that her strong faith in God carried her through and her voice has been fully restored.

Since college, she has been building her music career performing throughout Central Alberta and spending some time in Nashville.

Alecia has performed benefit concerts for organizations such as the MS Society, SPCA and the Red Deer Hospice.

She also teaches music part-time.

Learn more about Aichelle at www.aleciamusic.com or on YouTube.