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Performing music is what Lewisporte teen Cassidy Rich 'wants to do forever'

Cassidy Rich of Lewisporte has a lot on her mind — refining her voice as a songwriter, booking some summer gigs to promote her new album, and getting good marks on her high school exams.

Have a First Listen to Over and Out by Cassidy Rich

Cassidy Rich's second album is called Over and Out. (Courtesy The Citadel House )

Cassidy Rich of Lewisporte has a lot on her mind — refining her voice as a songwriter, booking some summer gigs to promote her new album, and getting good marks on her spring exams.

Rich is a Grade 11 student at Lewisporte Collegiate who has just released her second EP, called Over and Out.

A few years ago, Rich started attending the Open Stage for the Underage at the Citadel House in Lewisporte. At the time, she was also starting to write poetry.

Rich added chords to one of her poems, and played it for her high school music teacher, singer/songwriter and Citadel House recording artist Adam Baxter.

"And I showed it to Mr. Baxter and he said, 'You have to play this at an Open Stage,' and I did and now I'm here," she said.

Clare Follett produces

Over and Out is Rich's second album.

"It's kind of a concept album about the lessons you learn as you grow up and mature into a person," said Rich.

For this one, Dean Stairs, the director of the Citadel House, invited Clare Follett of St. John's on board as Rich's producer.

Follett is a prolific singer/songwriter and music producer who is also still in high school. 

"She was fantastic," said Rich.

"If I had an idea in my head, she would do it, and I'd be like, 'This is exactly what I want.'"

Cassidy Rich talks about Over and Out with Weekend AM's Heather Barrett

Now that she has a second album under her belt, and the experience of working with some great mentors in the provincial music industry, Rich said she's found her calling.

"I hope I only continue to write songs, and sing and play music," said Rich.

"That's what I want to do forever."

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Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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