Tom Paille photo Singer and instrumentalist Mireille Perez, 15, won first prize in the Roadhouse Live Youth Talent Search June 7 at Blue Frog Studios.

Perez takes top spot in Roadhouse contest

South Surrey singer, runner-up last year, claims 2017 talent search title

Up and coming Peninsula singer/songwriter Mireille Perez has added another local talent contest win to her resume.

Perez, 15, was named winner of the Roadhouse Youth Live Youth Talent Search at the finals, held last week at Blue Frog Studios as the culmination of a series of eight weekly contests at South Surrey’s Roadhouse Grille.

Perez, a Grade 10 student at Semiahmoo Secondary, already notched a win at this year’s Peninsula’s Got Talent, April 2 at Blue Frog and was the runner-up in the 2016 Roadhouse Live Youth Talent Search.

As winner, she received a Seagull S6 GT acoustic guitar, valued at $549, donated by Tapestry Music, plus a $100 gift card to Long &McQuade and a $200 cash prize. She will also play a paid gig in July at the Roadhouse Grille.

Second place went to Serena-Mae Manhao, 16, a singer-songwriter who also acts and is a hip-hop dancer for Team Canada.

Her prize was a $200 gift certificate to South Surrey’s The Drama Class, a $50 gift card to Long &McQuade and $200 in cash.

Third place winners were the multi-instrumental duo of brothers Cameron Groleau, 13 and Logan Groleau, 11, who received a $50 certificate to the drama class, a $50 gift card to Long &McQuade and $100 in cash.

In addition to these prizes, all eight finalists, including Perez’ brother Dominic, 12 – also a singer – received a $25 gift card from Long &McQuade.

Perez, who also plays acoustic and electric bass, guitar and piano began her winning set with a version of The Foundations’ Build Me Up Buttercup, accompanying herself on acoustic bass and leading an audience singalong.

She also performed a new original, Reset, plus her song Undecided, which she also performed in the Peninsula’s Got Talent competition.

The program also included special guest performances by 2016 Roadhouse Live winner Ava Carich and 2015 winner Josh Bogert.