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Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:19

Reid happy to get things kicked off in Medicine Hat

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When Canadian pop star Alyssa Reid was in Medicine Hat last week she expressed her thrill to be in the area.

She came to the city with fellow Canadian performers Hedley last winter. She explained her love of the Esplanade, but for the Satisfaction Guaranteed hitmaker, this tour was something extra special.
“This is my first headline tour. It’s all very exciting,” explained Reid, 20, who was actually born in Edmonton, before her family picked up stakes and moved to Ontario where she now calls Brampton home. “To (basically) start here it’s great. The smaller the venue, the more personal the experience with the fans. (She and the band), we’re all talking about it; we’re all looking forward to it.”
She was still in rehearsals when interviewed, but expressed her excitement of adding different elements to her stage show. She said “you never know how it’s going to go initially”, but to be able to try them out will be fun.
She said Time Bomb still has the pop elements from her previous work, but is more edgy. There are a lot of the power ballads she was known for, but there is some lighter pop elements
It’s been a big year for her. She performed with Virginia to Vegas at the Much Music Awards 2014 in June, released her new album Time Bomb and now this tour which began Oct. 16 in Red Deer with Medicine hat has the second stop. 
She has done a lot of videos and seems willing to put herself out there, but admits it wasn’t always that way.
“When I first started, I was kind of shy,” she explained. “Once you put yourself out there, it’s there. I’ve gained confidence and I’ve overcome a lot of those insecurities.”
She loves to travel and loves touring and is enroled in university studying psychology. She has to stay focused on each task at hand, whether it be her studies or the music. Reid noted she’s been staying organized.
According to her bio, she was discovered on YouTube in the fall of 2009, as she posted her version of a Justin Bieber song One Less Lonely Girl by singing One Less Lonely Boy. It garnered 200,000 views and the next thing you know, her career takes off.
Anyone who missed her in Medicine Hat still has another chance to catch her while she’s in the region as she will be at the Saddledome in Calgary Nov. 3 before hitting Montreal Nov. 5.

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