N.S. YouTube sensation records first album in L.A.
Move over Justin Bieber — Kay Boutilier of Cape Breton could be the next Canadian YouTube music sensation.
With more than 100,000 hits on her website for her song, My Name is Kay, Boutilier is making a name for herself in the music industry.
"YouTube changed my life," Boutilier,22, said Friday. "It allowed for me to just sing and rap in my living room and put it out there for the world to see and some people liked it."
A native of Sydney, Boutilier lives in Vancouver and recently went to Los Angeles to produce her first record.
"I am with Universal Canada and Interscope [Records]," she said. "They have amazing artists like Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and Nelly Furtado, which is huge because I've been a super fan of Nelly Furtado since I was a kid."
The success has been hard won, she said.
"I've been homeless, I've eaten in food banks," Boutilier said. "And then there's also been the highs where people said, 'You know, I think you have a gift, and you can stay in my house for a little wait until you get on your feet.'"
Her mother, Chris Boutilier, said music has always been her daughter's passion and she is proving to be an inspiration for others.
"Who would think this little thing from Cape Breton would have the courage to go out into the world and that people out there would go: 'Whoa: who is this person?' And people would stop and listen to her music," she said.
The song "My Name is Kay," along with her album, is expected to be released this summer.
She will also be an opening act on Ke$ha's Canadian tour.