Girl power took over this year’s Stampede Talent Show. Tanya Ryan was the winner and the runner-up was Amy Metcalfe.
Each of the 10 finalists performed in front of the Stampede crowd, accompanied by Gord Bamford’s band.
The prizes for the winner and runner-up were $500 for a demo, a custom guitar and a song writing session with Duane Steele.
“I think I’ll take the date with Mr. Steele,” said Ryan. While she did like the guitar, the session is an opportunity to learn, which she couldn’t pass up.
Ryan treated the crowd to a lively, boot-stomping performance, and she sees her future only going up.
“I’d like to pull a Ray Charles. He started in R&B and moved to country, I’d like to do the opposite,” Ryan said. However, country music is where her heart is.
Metcalfe also gave a talented performance. “I’m glad everyone came out to watch,” she said.
While she didn’t get the song writing session or the money, Metcalfe was holding on tight to her new guitar.
Metcalfe plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue her musical talents.