Curtis Labelle has performed in tribute shows and musicals. He’s appeared in YouTube videos, and recorded his own original songs.
The Red Deer singer/songwriter/pianist aims to have a career in music “for the long haul.”
Now, he just has to prove how badly he wants it to a panel of judges for the web series The Shot.
Labelle is the only Red Deerian among 114 performers chosen from across the country to compete in the show’s eighth season. If he wins the contest, he will get a recording contract with a major producer.
The Shot, which has wrapped up auditions, is now in the voting round of the contest. Due to Labelle’s tireless promotional efforts, he’s a front-runner and would love to stay that way.
“This round is based on how well we can market ourselves,” Labelle explained. “They want to see how many (public) votes we can get and what we are doing to promote ourselves and our music.”
Labelle’s tunes can be heard on many digital and social media platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
He encourages prospective voters to check them out. Central Albertans can then vote for him at www.singfortheshot.com.
Votes can be cast multiple time, to a maximum of once a day until July 15.
This season of The Shot goes to November. Labelle’s is really hoping to make the cut to 40 semi-finalists next month.
The singer, who’s put out two singles — Pawn in My Shade and #familyislove — said “it’s pretty mindblowing” to be within reach of a recording contract.
He wants to give it his best shot and is grateful for all the community support he’s received so far.