From Elton Adam's CBC Music profile page.
They need a musical voice and I want to be that voice for them.
—Elton Adams, CBC Music Searchlight finalist
The regional winner for CBC Music's Searchlight contest is on his way to do battle with 23 other contestants across the country in the fight to be named Canada's next big musical act.
Sgt. Elton Adams was named Manitoba's winner last week. He told Up To Speed's Larry Updike that he is completely thrilled by the regional win and credits his supporters with getting him to that stage.
"It's not solely about 'me,' it's about the 'we'," said Adams.
The Canadian Forces soldier has used his music to raise awareness about soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and their mental and physical disabilities. He said the families and the soldiers who have come home are struggling.
"They need a musical voice and I want to be that voice for them," he said.
Born and raised in a musical family, Adams says the song that got him this far, "Gunslinger," is about a bounty hunter who is struggling to support his family and in his words, "get the job done."
Adams says he doesn't have a plan to leave the Forces and pursue a musical career full time but would consider the right opportunity if it came along.
Adams will now go on to face 23 other regional finalists. The ultimate winner will receive $20,000 worth of Yamaha Canada Music prizes. You can vote for the 24 finalists until March 17 at CBC Music. The long list will be narrowed down until just four competitors are left.