Selkirk College music student Dylann Heidi won Best New Artist in the 2013 Kootenay Music Awards.

Nelson’s Dylann Heidi wins Best New Artist

McPherson, being too young to enter the bar, gave her mom an acceptance speech to read on her behalf.

For Selkirk College music student Dylann Heidi McPherson, just being nominated for a Kootenay Music Award was a big deal. She didn’t think she’d actually win the Best New Artist category.

“It’s just a dinky little song on piano,” 18-year-old McPherson said of her song The Rope, which her nomination was based on.

But her fans — and especially her mother — thought otherwise. Kootenay Music Award winners are selected by online vote, and her mom made sure everyone she knew across the country was voting daily.

“My mom’s like my biggest fan, and I think she’s a big reason why I won,”  McPherson told the Star Tuesday.

The awards were handed out Friday night at Spiritbar. McPherson, being too young to enter the bar, gave her mom an acceptance speech to read on her behalf.

In the days since winning the award, McPherson has already been contacted by a producer interested in helping her with her first album, which she hopes to complete this summer.

McPherson has been singing as long as she can remember. She joined a local children’s choir, directed by Allison Girvan, when she was eight years old and moved into Girvan’s Corazón audition choir in her teens.

Also self-taught on piano and guitar, McPherson began writing her own songs in high school. She didn’t learn how to read music until last fall, when she started the Selkirk College music program.

“I’d just play around until I found something that sounded good, then record it on my computer so I wouldn’t forget it,” McPherson said, noting that when she shared her material with her instructors at Selkirk she found out she was playing piano at a much higher level than she expected.

McPherson said she hopes to one day make a living as a singer-songwriter. She doesn’t have any solo shows planned for this summer — instead focusing on writing music for her debut album and working to save money for school — but hopes to get a tour together once she finished her second year of the music program.

For the updates from McPherson, who writes under the name Dylann Heidi, check out her Facebook fan page at facebook.com/dylannheidimusic. She also has a YouTube channel, youtube.com/dylannheidi, where she posts mostly cover songs and a few originals.

A full list of Kootenay Music Award winners is posted here.

Watch a video of McPherson singing her award-winning, original song The Rope below:

Just Posted

Former Esso site on Nelson Avenue to be sold

Imperial Oil says remediation work is underway

Nelson police remove impaired drivers during weekend blitz

Seven people lost their licences and had their cars impounded

Leo Grypma advances to next round of CrossFit Games qualifying

The Power By You coach finished 62nd out of 26,000 people in his age division at the Open

Nelson seniors take the chill out of winter with home energy upgrades

Over 100 seniors have signed up for free energy efficiency installations

Campbell scores hat trick as Leafs hammer Border Bruins

Nelson’s 10-1 win over Grand Forks is its third straight victory

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Duncan man gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty trial

Joe also gets lifetime ban on owning animals

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Most Read