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Music of local rising stars featured at show

Country singer/songwriter KerryLee Manuel is set to perform at a showcase tonight (May 20) at Coast Capital Playhouse.

Langley-based country singer and songwriter (and former Peace Arch News staffer) KerryLee Manuel will be a featured artist in tonight’s (May 20, 7:30 p.m.) Canadian Independent Music Showcase at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.

Presented by Harte Music Productions, the all-ages showcase is designed to offer exposure for songwriters, musicians and performers in a wide range of genres.

Appearing with Manuel will be other Harte performers including fellow country singer Roger Schmidt, pop/rock vocalist Christina Alconcel, and, in the R&B vocal category, Emily Chambers and the company’s newest artist, Auret Esselen.

Born and raised in Williams Lake, Manuel has also lived in Vernon and Calgary.

She has been a participant in numerous competitions and festivals, including the Hall of Fame Canadian National Singing Finals and Calgary’s Tribute to the Grande Ole Opry; plus, closer to home, the BC Talent Search, the BCRA Rodeo Finals in Salmon Arm, the Cloverdale Rodeo and the Cloverdale Country Fest.

She placed second at the Hall of Fame finals in June 2001, performing her own material, requalifying for 2002 National finals and going on to Nashville to record two of her pieces.

Her original song Built To Break received airplay on stations throughout central B.C. – and even in Australia.

Her first full-length CD, Take It Away (partial proceeds to breast cancer research), is available through Harte Music, iTunes and other online retailers.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets and information, call 778-862-7189 or 604-536-7535, or visit

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