4 p.m., July 17)
'Sam from Orléans' blows them away at Bluesfest
By Fred Sherwin
not everyday that a fledgling singer gets to perform with
a bona fide superstar in front of thousands of people.
Cudmore enjoyed the experience of a lifetime
Thursday night, performing on stage with country
legend Keith Urban at the Ottawa Bluesfest.
on Thursday night the dream came true for 18-year-old
Orléans resident Sam Cudmore who was pulled out
of the audience by country music legend Keith Urban at
the Ottawa Bluesfest and got to sing "Kiss A Girl"
was nearing the end of his set when he started strumming
the opening chords to "Kiss A Girl" and asked
the audience, "Does anybody here want to sing?",
to which Cudmore's brother and girlfriend started cheering
wildly, pointing to him.
getting the country music star's attention, Urban asked,
"Can you sing? Do you know this song?", and
finally, "Do you want to come up?", to which
Cudmore answered in the affirmative and made his way on
to the stage.
on stage, Urban handed Cudmore the microphone and the
18-year-od Cairine Wilson Secondary School grad tookover,
singing the first verse while videoing the audience with
he was done Cudmore started waking off the stage, only
to be called back by Urban, "Sam, come back. You're
too good, come back."
two men finished the song with Cudmore smiling from ear
to ear. At the end of the song, Urban raised Cudmore's
arm and proclaimed "Sam from Orleans!". Within
minutes #SamfromOrleans started trending on Twitter.
singing with Urban, the largest crowd Cudmore had ever
performed in front of was a dozen or so peope during an
open mic session at D'Arcy McGees.
still seems unreal," Cudmore told OrleansOnline
on Friday. Despite watching his performance several times
on YouTube, he still finds it hard to believe it actually
happened. "It's so weird."
why he recorded the audience during his performance, Cudmore
said he did it for posterity. "It's probably the
last time in a little while that I'll sing in front of
is the second Orléans resident to perform with
a music superstar in front of thousands of people in the
past year. Michelle Treacy was called on stage by Lady
Gaga during a concert in Montreal last July. Six months
later she inked a recording contract with Sony Records.
hard to say what the future has in store for Cudmore,
but for the time being he can bask in the afterglow of
having sang with one of the biggest stars in country music
in front of more than 30,000 people. Way to go Sam from
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