Lincolnton resident Courtney Chay was among 18 budding artists across the Carolinas to win a spot on the Pride of Carolinas album released this week.
Sheâ€™s also hoping her very own single â€œWarriorâ€ will reach at least 5,000 downloads in the next several days, granting her a record deal and establishing her as one of Sony Recordsâ€™ newest musical artists.
A manager with Charlotte-based Platinum Vybe/eONE Entertainment discovered the 20-year-old Lincolnton High School graduate on YouTube and asked her to be one of the local talents featured on the Pride of Carolinas album.
The compilationâ€™s first single â€œI am Carolinaâ€ was released last fall and features all 18 singers.
Each artist was additionally given the opportunity to record a song with just his or her voice to be available for download early this year. Chayâ€™s song â€œWarrior,â€ about a long-time friendship that turns into a lifelong romance, was released Monday at midnight.
â€œItâ€™s something you wouldnâ€™t expect,â€ she said of the songâ€™s story line.
Although Chay has written numerous songs, â€œWarriorâ€ was written by Dee Roze of Charlotte-based band Metal Roze.
Chay hopes her song makes a positive impression on music industryâ€™s â€œbig-wigs.â€
â€œWeâ€™re trying to prove to record labels that we can sell,â€ she said.
No location is off limits as Chay promotes the single.
While sheâ€™s currently amping up support via email blasts and Facebook and Twitter accounts, she said she doesnâ€™t want to rely solely on social media networks.
As a result, she said sheâ€™s been â€œgoing on footâ€ to get the word out by handing out flyers at church and other locations throughout the area. If she meets the download goal, Chay doesnâ€™t plan to keep the news a secret.
â€œLincolnton will know,â€ she said.
Chay continues to keep a good head on her shoulders and not let the pressures and inconsistencies of the music industry shape who she is.
â€œItâ€™s kinda complicated in some ways â€¦ the music industry is one of the toughest industries to break into,â€ she said. â€œYou have to stand your ground and not be swayed by people throwing dollar signs in your face.â€
â€œWarriorâ€ is available for download via Itunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and CD Baby.com. In addition, all artists are given a download credit for each Pride of the Carolinas compilation thatâ€™s sold.