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Alberta singer/songwriter takes country superstar prize

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TORONTO - Corus Entertainment today announced the winner of Rising Country Superstar, a six-week musical talent competition that attracted Canada's best and brightest up-and-coming country singing sensations.

Eighteen-year-old Marlee Scott, of St. Albert, Alta., qualified as the Edmonton finalist, and went on to beat more than 300 country singers and bands from Alberta and Ontario.

The singer/songwriter/guitarist started performing at age eight, and is currently in Nashville writing songs and recording her first CD with country legend Steve Fox. In her free time she competes in three-day horse events with her Anglo Arab mare, Sidra.

"Marlee has all of the elements to be a superstar. She's a great songwriter, a musician with a fantastic voice and displays professional stage presence. She has the combination of talent to do high-quality material, and she's working hard on a country music career," says Phil Kallsen, cirector of country programming, Corus Radio, and contest judge.

During the talent search, hosted by Corus' network of country music radio stations in Edmonton (103.9 CISN FM), Red Deer (CKGY Country 95.5), Calgary (CKRY Country 105) and Hamilton, Ont. (The New Country 95.3), Scott performed three original songs: Souvenir, Love Enough and Hang in There.

"We were blown away by the high calibre of performers in each market," says Kallsen. "It's amazing how much grassroots talent there is in Canada, it just needs a little help to come to the forefront, which is what Corus Entertainment is doing with this competition."

The Rising Country Superstar winner receives a recording session at Cedar Tree Recording Studios, airplay on Corus's Max Trax's digital country music channel and a music video produced by and aired on CMT Canada, the Corus-owned country music specialty channel.

The grand prize also includes a trip to Toronto to perform in front of thousands at the The New Country 95.3 Old South Canada Day Jam on July 1st, where she will share the stage with Canada's hottest country performers including Paul Brandt, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Aaron Lines, Jason McCoy, Jimmy Rankin, Deric Ruttan and Aaron Pritchett.
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