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Local singer has high hopes for release of single

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

 
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.
She’s also hoping her very own single “Warrior” will reach at least 5,000 downloads in the next several days, granting her a record deal and establishing her as one of Sony Records’ 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 compilation’s first single “I am Carolina” 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. Chay’s song “Warrior,” about a long-time friendship that turns into a lifelong romance, was released Monday at midnight.
“It’s something you wouldn’t expect,” she said of the song’s story line.
Although Chay has written numerous songs, “Warrior” was written by Dee Roze of Charlotte-based band Metal Roze.
Chay hopes her song makes a positive impression on music industry’s “big-wigs.”
“We’re trying to prove to record labels that we can sell,” she said.
No location is off limits as Chay promotes the single.
While she’s currently amping up support via email blasts and Facebook and Twitter accounts, she said she doesn’t want to rely solely on social media networks.
As a result, she said she’s been “going on foot” to get the word out by handing out flyers at church and other locations throughout the area. If she meets the download goal, Chay doesn’t plan to keep the news a secret.
“Lincolnton will know,” 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.
“It’s kinda complicated in some ways … the music industry is one of the toughest industries to break into,” she said. “You have to stand your ground and not be swayed by people throwing dollar signs in your face.”
“Warrior” 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 that’s sold.

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