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Local singing sensation ready to perform for Write Out Loud

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Becky Neustaeter got a lot of reaction for her outstanding rendition of an Adele song at this year's Telemiracle (Pictured). Becky Neustaeter got a lot of reaction for her outstanding rendition of an Adele song at this year's Telemiracle (Pictured). Photo contributed

The Nov. 19 Write Out Loud is a can’t-miss event for two reasons.

Saskatoon authors Robin and Arlene Karpan will be there talking about a new book. However the second reason is the featured musical talent. Swift Current singer-songwriter Becky Neustaeter will be the musical portion of the Write Out Loud evening Nov. 19 at the Lyric Theatre. Her set begins at 7 p.m.
Saskatchewan television viewers and fans of Telemiracle probably remember Neustaeter.  It’s early Sunday morning, March 2, 2014 and dressed in a red dress, Swift Current’s Neustaeter strides on to stage at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina starts into the song Rolling in the deep.
She blows everyone away during the Telemiracle 38 show where almost $5.3 million is raised in a province where the population consists of 1.125 million people. In Saskatchewan, everyone watches Telemiracle at some point during the day, especially Sunday morning.
 “Wow — Becky Neustaeter from Swift Current is owning this Adele song! Great work!” stated a Facebook post from the official Telemiracle account.
As they say, “Boom!” goes Twitter and Facebook.
While performing live on television in front of undoubtedly some watchful eyes and gaining fans while doing so is great, it wasn’t the main reason Neustaeter auditioned for the opportunity to be part of a Saskatchewan tradition.
“The exposure was nice, but I love doing what I do,” explains the friendly and very down-to-earth 18-year-old. “I love fundraising for things too ... Sure there was a lot of recognition, but it was an amazing experience. It felt really good to look at the people you’re there to help because they have them right in the front row near the stage. It’s an awesome feeling.
“It’s a huge stage, and all of these people and cameras. They had this one camera right beside me, I thought if I turned my head, I’d hit the camera (chuckles) ... I couldn’t sleep that night and wound up getting up at 4 a.m. (for a 7:45 a.m. performance). So I started doing voice warm ups. Then when I went on stage, I looked up, saw my parents and my family and just sang.”
It just re-iterated her earlier desire to pursue music as a career which she made after graduating from the Swift Current Composite High School earlier this year.
She couldn’t be more excited. She is currently working with Mark Penner on her new EP Did you hear it? which should be released by late December or January when she will going under the performing name Becky Lynn.
Her big break came on the Telemiracle stage, but it was the Irwin Middle School talent show stage where she first started. She sang in her church, but didn’t really see singing as something she wanted to pursue more than that.
“My friend wanted me to go in a talent show with her,” recalls Neustaeter of her non-church, public performance at the age of 12 during her Grade 7 year. She says they sang a Taylor Swift song and her friend was impressed. Coupled with other people’s reactions and her instant fondness of being onstage and performing, Neustaeter realized at that point she wanted to perform.
Her parents are not musically inclined although some of her non-immediate family members are. She lists her immediate family as her biggest fans and they always watch her perform no matter if they’re at the Lyric or if they’ve gone to a small town in southwest Saskatchewan.
She received some welcome information and guidance from teacher Glenna Switzer and then later from Switzer and her role with the southwest chapter of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA). She has had a lot of help from Al and Jacquie Hudec, who happens to be president of the South West Country Music Association.
“Glenna was the one who really got me started and I’ve met so many musicians through them,” explains Neustaeter. “The Southwest Chapter really got me going. (It was) such a fantastic experience going to all these places I’d never been to or heard of before ... but they were all so welcoming.”
Neustaeter added a lot of young and up-and-coming stars have been helpful such as Samara Yung, Codie Prevost, and she’s also met Jess Moskaluke.
Neustaeter plans on staying in the country genre, but likes a lot of different kinds of music.
It helps that Swift Current and southwest Saskatchewan has such a strong music scene. She considers herself lucky to be where she is.
“People don’t realize how lucky we are to have the Lyric and the music scene we do,” explains Neustaeter. “I didn’t realize it and then I started going to Youth Talent nights, I went to Chautauqua.I don’t know what Swift Current would do without the Lyric. It’s such a good place to start and it’s so warm and welcoming.”
The plan is to stick with music, but she is ensuring she thinks up a “Plan B” also.
“Anything other than music I’m not thinking about, but it’s always good to have a Plan B. If I didn’t try (for a music career), I’d always regret it.”

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