Singer Madi Allen performs at classic Stampede competition

For some people, death would be a welcome experience when compared to performing in front of a crowd. But for local singer, Madi Allen, that belief couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Allen was the winner of the 2011 Calgary Stampede Talent Search and will be performing again this year at the event.

It should be noted that she will not be competing this year because past winners are not able to compete again.

Allen is a little disappointed at that fact because she says, “The whole experience of competing is super exciting.” But she is really looking forward to performing three new songs she has written this year.

Having started vocal lessons and the age of five, Allen had plenty of practice before her big win. But her victory didn’t come right away.

2011 Calgary Stampede Talent Search winner Madi Allen will be performing Jul 14 at Boyce Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Tom BieleckiIn 2009 she placed in the Top 10, then in 2010 she would come agonizingly close and place third in the competition. But finally in 2011 she finished in first by singing her own song, “In Winter.”

When you consider around 300 people audition for the competition each year all of her finishes are extremely respectable.

Allen will be performing again this year during the finals on July 14, 2012. It is tradition for the previous year’s winner to come back and perform at the finals while the judges are deliberating over the new winner.

The winners of the competition don’t just have 15 minutes of fame after winning. Allen mentioned that the Talent Search and the Stampede Committee have supported her singing throughout the year.

“Local places will contact the Stampede Committee looking for live acts to perform at their venue. Then myself and other top finishers will then be given the gigs.”

The competition takes place in the Boyce Theatre at Stampede Park. It runs from July 6 to the 14th with all the shows starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information visit http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

cgoodwin@cjournal.ca