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Thursday May 1st, 2014

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Local singer and songwriter Crissi Cochrane has been named among the Top 10 Artists nationwide in CBC Music’s Searchlight contest, the hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist. Crissi was among the five artists chosen by public vote, with another five selected by a panel of judges.

Nearly 4,500 independent musicians and bands entered their original songs in the competition, which will award $20,000 of Yamaha musical equipment to the contest’s winner, along with a recording session and a high-profile performance at the CBC Music Festival in Vancouver. Judges will crown the grand prize winner on May 9.

Crissi’s song submission, “And Still We Move”, tells the true story of the writer Ann Druyan falling in love with astronomer Carl Sagan while the two worked together on the Golden Records that were sent into space on the Voyager probes in 1977. On the records, Druyan included a personal meditation on the history of man and the history of ideas, and she added a personal appeal for the “wonder of love, and of being in love”. The song comes from Crissi’s 2014 album Little Sway, which features local musicians and engineers, and is available on iTunes worldwide.

“Though just 25, this talented singer-songwriter has been making music for 10 years, first in her home province of Nova Scotia and now in her adopted hometown of Windsor,” writes CBC host Grant Lawrence in a recent announcement online. “Cochrane’s most recent album showcases a confident bridge towards sultry soul and classic, smoky jazz, the influence of Motown being just a riverbank away from Windsor. For fans of Ella Fitzgerald, Coeur de Pirate or Sarah Harmer.”

More than 90 artists entered the contest in the Windsor region, which crowned a local top 10 including The Brilliancy, Cowboys in Cardigans, Fresh Breath, Drop Dead Famous, Grumpy Monkeys, The Oh Chays, Red Legacy, Ryan Bradley, and 24 Sussex.

You can vote every day here. The polls close on Monday, May 5th at 11:59pm ET.

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