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Olivia Wik / Press

“Nomination nods by the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) in the Female Artist of the Year category for its inaugural awards show on Jan. 29, 2012 in Red Deer. "I'm so honoured to even be considered amongst so many talented artists," Wik said. Wik has had a jam-packed performance schedule for 2011, including the Rogers Family Stage at the Big Valley Jamboree, the Edmonton Indy and the River City Round Up main stage. She also took top prize at the Global Country Vocal Showcase finals at the Mayfield Trade Centre in Edmonton in November. Wik's prize was $2,500 worth of studio time to record an original song with Visionary Studios in St. Albert and paid entry to the Global Country Star Search Competition in May 2012.”

“Olivia Wik, who performed at the Canadian Country Music Awards in September, took top prize at the Global Country Vocal Showcase finals on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Mayfield Trade Centre in Edmonton. The showcase was held in conjunction with the River City Round Up Barn Dance and contestants had the opportunity to perform with a live band, which was a first for Wik. A highlight of the experience for Wik was meeting two-time CCMA Rising Star nominee Brett Kissell and his band. Kissell was the main act for the barn dance and his bass player Dustin Roy was part of the house band accompanying Wik. "It was so great to have a familiar face on stage with me," she said. Industry judges, including Maryanne Gibson, president of Global Country, ranked contestants based on overall performance, vocal ability, stage presence and audience interaction. "It was the best experience of my life," Wik said. "All of the finalists were so talented and winning is such an honour."”

“Wik grew up listening to country music and cites the likes of Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, Paul Brandt, Sugarland, Aaron Pritchett and Taylor Swift as influences for her own music career. "I just love the great depth that it has and the history and relatability it has to so many people in their lives," she said. Wik has begun writing her own original songs, which relate to situations in her everyday life. "It's just a great outlet for me creatively," she said. Wik has caught the performing bug and enjoys everything about her time onstage. "I just love to entertain people," she said. "The feeling that you get when you're up onstage, it's absolutely electric."”

“It’s been great to see people I’ve interviewed progress through the last couple of months. Olivia Wik is a young singer who I’ve interviewed several times for her accomplishments and hopefully there’s more to come.”

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