Matheson’s life experiences have molded her into a better singer today and she is more ready now to “hit the big time” than she would have been earlier in her life.
Nashville reportedly is more open to mature voices than in previous years so Matheson feels confident her voice will be accepted on its own merit. This was the first year the Global Search came to Halifax, which gave her a chance.
Brent Kissell, of Edmonton, was a previous winner of the Global Country Star Search, and he is now well known in country music. Kissell’s story gives Matheson hope for her opportunity in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in March 2017.
Matheson’s show “Nashville Bound” in Brookfield on Saturday, Nov. 5 played to a packed house at Knox United Church. To have a huge crowd of supporters, family and friends rooting for her “was really overwhelming and humbling.”
Although nervous, she was prepared and the nerves got the adrenalin going. With an accomplished band behind her she found her comfort zone, calmed down after a couple of songs and was able to enjoy what she loves to do.
She wowed the crowd with 19 songs, leaving her with a hoarse voice on Sunday. The bands “Cherry Lane” and “Before Monday” joined her in back-up vocals and harmony on various pieces.
Matheson said she was thankful for these very talented personnel not only for their amazing voices and musical expertise but for their friendship and support. The “Before Monday” band, from Middle Stewiacke, is made up of youngsters with Tim Ross’s direction. They opened the show with a professionalism beyond their years. Soloist Abbie Fisher, the youngest at age 12, and teenagers Kayla Kennedy and Isabella Johnson were accompanied by Beth and Jamie O’Connell, Tim Ross and Isabella (vocals) fiddle and guitar.
Matheson started singing as a child in her father’s barn during milking hours. She took her singing to Berwick Church Camp where Letha Mowatt tapped into her voice, and to Middle Stewiacke Church and from there she sang at charity events, contests, weddings and funerals around the province.
Matheson also studied voice for a number of years under Leslie Lake Searle.
Matheson had a dream to go to Nashville from day one and believes, “you are never too old to live your dream” and she is living proof of her belief.
Once in Nashville, Matheson will have a busy itinerary for a week, with some singing opportunities, backstage introductions, visiting the Grand Ole Opry and seeing how things happen there.
She will also perform among international singers for the judging which is strictly structured. She will sing four songs in two categories: vocalist and entertainers.
She hopes Tim Ross will be able to accompany her as he did in the Global Country Search Contest. Ross is accomplished on a variety of instruments and back-up vocals, and he would be a terrific asset in Nashville.
The road to Nashville is never easy and a once-in-a- lifetime chance for most. Matheson is well aware of her opportunity and is thankful to everyone for helping her “live her dream.” To her parents and brother Ruth, Win and Trevor Matheson, her dearest friends Becky and Dawn, her co-workers at Blaikies Dodge, her music friends and all supporters over the past years, “a heartfelt thank you!”
The Al Hussein family entertained many friends at their home to a feast of barbecued shish kebabs, salads and other Syrian treats. They are warm hosts and welcome friends graciously to their new home in Brookfield.
South Colchester Academy held a yard sale on Nov.5. The grad class is selling pizza and garlic fingers. Many students were also looking forward to the Youth Expo in Halifax on Nov. 16.
Students have had a busy fall working on several good causes, including the Drive Away Hunger food collection, which was doubled from last year with 665.5 lbs of food donated. The Terry Fox Run/Walk raised $1,200 for cancer research. The SCA Glee Club took part in the community Remembrance service and a service was held at the school on Nov. 10.
Brookfield homes and businesses will be decorating for the 21st Christmas home tours on Nov. 25 and 26. There are four homes, the train station and two businesses open for touring on those evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. with a craft sale and refreshments at Knox United Church until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Brookfield and Truro MacQuarrie’s (Esplanade) for $10. Proceeds are for Knox United Church. There will be a display of trees, stockings and gifts. The gifts are donations from businesses, groups and individuals to the Christmas Index (Children First) Program of Colchester County.
The train station is also sponsoring a roast pork dinner on Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and children get in for $5 by calling Muriel at 902-673-2333.
Judy Matheson is a lifelong Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org