From Dawson Creek to Nashville, Tennessee and back again, 20-year-old Heidi Raye will stake her claim in Dawson Creek history on August 5, as not only the first person to take the stage at the EnCana Event Centre managed by Global Spectrum; this local performer is the opening act for the upcoming Randy Travis concert presented by Browns’ Chevrolet and Foster’s Covered Wagons West.
Locals will know her as Heidi Anderson but she’s known in the music business as Heidi Raye. Raye is “chasing her dream” of being a professional musician, and although not many at this stage of their careers can call mom and dad to say, “I’m opening for Randy Travis,” she is able to do just that.
“When the opportunity arose to provide another great opportunity to someone within the community and Randy Travis’s people gave us the go-ahead, we were ecstatic. The whole event; its timing, the community’s support as well as the ticket sales is just going so well, it’s amazing,” said Global-Spectrum’s general manager for the EnCana Events Centre, Gunnar Fox.
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Singing since the age of two, Raye plays guitar, piano and writes whenever time allows. “In June I went to Nashville and sang at the CMA (Country Music Association) music showcase and everyone there was really intrigued that I was Canadian,” commented Raye. She is thrilled to about taking the stage in her home town as the opening act for such a country music icon like Randy Travis.
“I’ve been involved in different things here. Like the musicals at South Peace Senior Secondary, and a variety of other performances – but this is very different.”
Talent, brains and beauty are a rare combination but this girl’s got it all. And she knows it’s not enough. Raye says it’s the connections you make in this business that move you along, and it’s becoming obvious she’s making ones that count. With her networking in Nashville, and the connections she confesses she’s made solely through myspace, Raye is well on her way to putting not only herself on the map of country music fame, but her hometown of Dawson Creek as well.
Presented by Brown’s Chevrolet and Foster’s Covered Wagons West, Raye will be the opening act for Randy Travis at the EnCana Events Centre at the South Peace Community Multiplex in Dawson Creek on Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $45 and $55 at the Tiger Box Office Plux in the EnCana Events Centre at the South Peace Community Multiplex. Buy tickets online at www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com, or call 1-877-339-8499 (1-877-339-TIXX).