Rutledge in Searchlight spotlight

Dawson Rutledge, a local singer/songwriter, has made it through to the next round of the CBC Music Searchlight competition.

Dawson Rutledge

Dawson Rutledge

Dawson Rutledge, a local 18 year old solo singer/songwriter, has made it through to the next round of the nation-wide CBC Music Searchlight competition.

The contest originally started with approximately 1,800 song submissions from across Canada. After completion of the first round, only 230 acts are remaining.

Dawson, with his song “Mysterious Woman,” has just been announced as one of the Top 10 contestants progressing from the Interior & Northern B.C. Region.

Rutledge posted on his Facebook page a thank you to all of his fans and supporters for voting, and for helping him to make it through the first round.

“Regional TOP 10s have been announced and I am so honoured to have received the ‘popular vote’ for Interior & Northern B.C.

“I am just so overwhelmingly thankful for all the amazing support I have received … feel so blessed to be a part of such a supportive community. And I’m so thankful to all the supporters everywhere throughout the nation and beyond who have taken the time to vote for me.”

Rutledge moves on as one of the 230 acts across Canada currently competing in the contest. At the close of this round, one contestant from each of the 23 regions will be selected by the expert judging panel to continue on to the Top 25 in Canada. The two musical acts with the highest number of votes will automatically be awarded the remaining two positions.

Voting starts immediately and will continue until Friday, April 29. The top 25 will be announced Tuesday, May 3.

To cast your daily vote for Dawson Rutledge and his song, Mysterious Woman, please click here.