Congratulations to Taken by Sanity for making the top 10 and thank you to all of you who voted for them!
By Grant Lawrence, CBC
Searchlight 2019 began back in January with thousands of Canadian musicians from every province and territory uploading their best original Canadian songs to YouTube. Thousands of votes were cast and counted, and you helped us pick a national top 100 last week.
After another week of voting with extremely close results, we have whittled that list of 100 artists down to the best of the best: the top 10 finalists for Searchlight 2019, CBC Music’s hunt for Canada’s best Juno-ready musical talent. Your votes have determined three spots on the top 10, while our CBC Music producers selected the other seven.
Good luck and congratulations to all of the artists who made the top 10, and thank you again to the thousands of artists who submitted their music in this year’s Searchlight competition.
Finalists as judged by CBC Music producers:
Benita, ‘Anything’ (North York, Ont.)
We love this artist’s approach on smooth-as-silk modern R&B and soul.
These heartbreaking lyrics wrapped up in a beautiful pop melody have swept us away.
Quincy Morales’s energy, talent and flow in his hip hop stylings are undeniable — and extremely contagious.
From the very beginning of Searchlight 2019, this amazingly confident artist stood out as a clear contender. We love her mix of dancehall, pop and R&B.
This accomplished musical couple has once again powered its soaring alt-pop-rock into the finals of Searchlight. Will this be the Royal Foundry’s year?
This Nigerian–Canadian’s mix of afro-pop and hip hop has consistently impressed us throughout the competition.
What a voice, what a chorus from this young alt-pop singer-songwriter on the rise, originally from Penticton, B.C.
Brenna Parker, ‘Envy’ (Surrey, B.C.)
Talk about talent! Can you believe this singer-songwriter is just 16 years old? We’re blown away. This sounds like a classic.
We’re hypnotized by this artist’s blend of symphonic rock, South Asian influences and soaring melodies.
This Albertan indie trio sounds like a delicate cross between the Postal Service and Ween. Check out this epic track for yourself!
Your job is done! No further voting will count. Now all we can do is wait until the winner is announced. Congratulations again to our top 10!
Source: CBC Music