Métis star on the rise

Submitted by: Richard Gravelle

Original article by Brant News http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/4763561-concert-for-a-cure-showcases-talent-while-raising-awareness/

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Leah Belle with her 2014 Sudbury
Aboriginal Idol Award.

At only the age of 12, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Leah Belle is quite the accomplished singer.

Not only was she crowned the 2014 Sudbury’s N’Swakamok Aboriginal Idol this June, she was also recently hand-picked by music producer Jace Martin to perform at the Six Nation Reserve’ Cure for a Cause Concert in Ohsweken, Ontario from August 15-17.

Having been in the music business for more than 20 years, Martin knows talent when he sees it. Martin discovered Belle when he judged the N’Swakamok Aboriginal Idol competition.

“He was so impressed that he invited her down to perform,” said the Grade 7 student's mom Gillyan Gravelle.

Taking the stage on the late Saturday afternoon, Belle, who has been singing since she was four, performed a couple country songs as well as a cover of a Journey song.

Soon audience will be able to listen to Belle’s impressive voice from the comfort of their own homes as she is set to join Martin in Toronto to record her first record in studio.

An accomplished young girl, Belle is the second MNO citizen to win Sudbury’s Aboriginal Idol challenge as the winner from 2013 was Michelle Prevost-Fortin.

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