By Jasmine Franklin.
Born and raised in Ponoka, a 22-year-old singer equipped with a powerful voice will perform her original song at the Red Deer Olympic torch relay celebration Jan. 15.
“I just freaked out when I found out,” Kayla Williams said. “I will be wearing a smile on my face for months.”
The opportunity was too good to be true — a radio contest for local singers and songwriters of Red Deer, whom if chosen, would get the chance to perform their song at the Olympic torch relay. The chosen song will also air on radio.
It was Williams’ mother who brought the 2010 Red Deer Olympic torch relay songwriting contest to her attention. That’s when the magic began.
The song “Light the Way” was chosen as the winner Dec.2.
“I had such a positive feeling about it,” Williams said. “I really do like this song — it’s inspirational.”
A love of music has taken Williams down this road. After completing high school in Ponoka, she attended Red Deer College for three years, recieving her diploma in music, majoring in voice.
“My music is definitely very pop,” she said. “But I am oldies influenced.”
Her extended play (EP) album is to be released by January and then eventually available on ITunes. Some of Williams’ music can be previewed on her website.
“I would love for in the next year or two to be touring across Canada,” Williams said. “In my lifetime, I hope to be well-known in Canada and maybe even the U.S.”
For more information on Williams and her music, visit www.kaylawilliams.com