Elton Adams from Winnipeg has made it to the top eight of CBC Music's Searchlight Competition. It's been quite a journey on the way to this position which competes for Canada's best new artist.
Prizes include $20,000 in gear, a video session with CBC Music and a paid performance on an upcoming music showcase in Toronto, including flight and accommodations.
Adams finds the news incredible. "I'm very excited, and a little overwhelmed as well. It's been an amazing ride, for sure." He has been receiving votes from people in over 35 countries around the world.
Adams is a sergeant in the military and has served in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He hopes his music will raise awareness for military families and soldiers, especially with mental and physical battle scars.
Born in a tiny town in Newfoundland, Adams grew up with music around him. It was only natural for him to sing and play an instrument himself. He joined the military at the age of 17 and continues performing. "Music in the military has been a perfect fit for me, especially after my tours, because it's been an outlet. It's a way for me to express myself. And that's the best way I know how."
Adams is in the running with his song "Gunslinger," about a bounty hunter.
His competitors are Poor Angus from Hamilton, Absolute Forever from Vancouver, Ambre McLean from Kitchener-Waterloo, Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case from St. John's, Close Talker from Saskatoon, Henry Norwood from Ottawa and The Good Ol' Goats from Kelowna.