Meet Desirée Dawson, Searchlight winner 2016

Desirée Dawson of Surrey B.C. strummed her faithful ukulele all the way to the top of Searchlight 2016.
Winner of CBC Music's 2016 Searchlight competition, Desirée Dawson, shares a special performance of "Without Your Love" in studio q. 4:19
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CBC Music has completed its annual search for the best undiscovered voice in our country. This year over 2000 musical acts from across Canada entered — but in the end, there could only be one. 

This year, Desirée Dawson is that one. The Surrey B.C. native strummed her faithful ukulele all the way to the top. 

Today she swings through studio q to perform and chat with Shad about her big win.

Winner of 2016's CBC Music Searchlight competition Desirée Dawson swings through studio q with her ukelele to perform the winning song "Hide" in studio q. 4:04
The Surrey B.C. native joins Shad to talk about her big win and her prospects as an up-and-coming artist. 12:50
 

WEB EXTRA | Watch Dawson's winning entry, Hide, below. 

Dawson will be taking home $20,000 in musical equipment, a recording session at Metalworks studio, publicity and promotional assistance, and a spot at the CBC Music Festival.

 
Vancouver's Desirée Dawson strummed her faithful ukulele to the top of this year's Searchlight competition. (CBC Music)

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