Talented teen wins record deal
A TERRIFIC performance in the second half of Sunday night’s Richard Stoute Teen Talent finals saw Torrisha Holder claim the top spot and win the coveted recording contract with Gold Coast Records.
Holder delivered an astounding comeback performance, scoring 435 points for her near flawless performance of Midnight Train To Georgia after she scored 339 to place fifth in the first half, some 44 points behind first-place performer Lynette Lynch.
Undoubtedly one of the favourite singers in the competition, Holder was well received. The audience roared when she was introduced, and as she completed her songs they cheered loudly in appreciation for her fine rendition.
The performances were impactful, and Holder broke into tears at the end of her first performance of You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, which was dedicated to her best friend Pearl Cornelius, who died in the Campus Trendz fire, and her grandmother.
Her upbeat performance of Midnight Train To Georgia left no doubt that she deserved to win the title, the contract and an opportunity to perform at the Barbados Music Awards next year.
An overjoyed Holder said after her victory: “I am still trying to take it in; this is really cool. I was shocked when they announced my name . . .
“It is a really good feeling, and I know that if my grandmother and best friend were here with me they would be really proud of me.”
Second place went to Lynch, who missed out on the title by two points. She was lovely as usual, singing Hurt and My Heart Will Go On. The smooth singing, consistently good Danica Haynes placed third. She amassed 744 points for a well-deserved place singing Finally and Enchantment. (LK)