LEWISPORTE, NL — It’s been an exciting fall for Cassidy Rich of Lewisporte. The 15-year-old has not only released her debut ep album, but also won the Most Talented Teen Scholarship Award at Miss Achievement NL in St. John’s in November.
The song that got the judges’ attention is called “Sweet Talk” and is featured on Cassidy’s ep titled “Lucky Stars.”
Cassidy wrote all six songs on the album.
As a singer/songwriter, she finds inspiration for most of her song writing through her friends.
Cassidy recorded her album at Citadel House Records in Lewisporte. Her producer, Dean Stairs, was excellent to work with, she said.
“If I was ever worried about something, he’d say things and I would be calm about it then. He’s very wise. He’s fantastic.”
Cassidy plays numerous instruments – from cello to ukulele; flute to piano. She takes both voice and cello lessons.
A Grade 10 student at Lewisporte Collegiate, Cassidy said her school’s music teacher Adam Baxter has also been great in encouraging her interest in music.
“Music has always been in our family and I’ve been singing my whole life because it’s fun,” she said. “Mr. Baxter made me think that I can do well with my music. So, I started taking voice lessons in Grade 9 and I fell in love with it.
“I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” the enthusiastic teen said.
Cassidy is involved in her school’s theatre group as well as Beyond the Overpass Theatre Company in Gander.
While she said she’d love to pursue a career as an artist, Cassidy is also considering other options such as musical theatre, teaching voice and anything else that has close ties to the music industry.
Miss Achievement experience
This was Cassidy’s second year participating in Miss Achievement. The scholarship program is a wonderful experience, she said.
“I was in it when I was in Grade 8, too. It’s such a great opportunity. I love it,” she said.
Cassidy said her parents, Chantal and Len Rich, have always encouraged her musical endeavours.
Her hope for her first ep is that everyone likes the album, Cassidy said.
Baxter not only teaches Cassidy in school, but is also her private cello instructor.
It’s wasn’t unusual for Cassidy to bring her songs to him for his opinion, he said.
“I got to see this whole wicked record of hers materialize,” Baxter said.
Cassidy often takes to the stage at the Citadel House Open Stage for the Underage. Baxter hosts the event for young artists.
“Cassidy performs some covers and some of her own songs... and that allowed her to develop and grow as an artist,” he said.
Baxter said the songs on Cassidy’s ep are songs that many teenagers will relate to.
“Cassidy’s album is a snapshot of what teenagers are going through and what they can relate to,” he said. “The songs are thoughtful, (the ep) is well put together and her voice is just lovely to listen to. It’s just beautiful.”
Cassidy’s music is available through iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Apple Music. Hardcopies of her album can be purchased through her Facebook page – Cassidy Rich Music.