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(Posted 5 p.m., Jan. 27)
Local singer, songwriter signs recording deal with Sony Music Canada
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Michelle Treacy takes a group selfie with her brother Matthew and mother Jeannette outside the Sony Music building in Toronto. Photo supplied

It's been quite a past few months for local singer songwriter Michelle Treacy. Just six short months after Lady Gaga invited her on stage to sing "Born This Way" together in Montreal, the 18-year-old Orléans resident has signed a recording contract with Sony Music Canada.

The social media savvy Treacy informed her Facebook friends about the momentous occassion last Friday shortly after inking the deal in Toronto with her mother and brother there to witness it.

"Today is the day my childhood dreams came true, the day everything i’ve worked for became my reality. I’ve been keeping a huge secret for a while now, I don’t really know how to say this, I can’t believe I can actually say this.. I am now officially a Sony Music recording artist. Work hard for your dreams, use rejection to push you harder, never stop, because one day you will have it all. Believe in yourself & have no doubts. SO GRATEFUL." #REBEL

Rebel is the monikor used by Treacy's devoted fan base, and it's very much a relationship of mutual admiration as evident from the following FB post.

"I LOVE MY REBELS. I am SO grateful that you take time out of your day to write me such beautiful messages. You inspire me everyday. So many beautiful stories, so many strong individuals, so many shinning stars. Continue to chase your dreams, don't let anyone stop you. We're in this together!!"

Treacy has been singing and performing most of her young life. The former St. Peter High School student was a member of the school choir and performed at coffee houses, telethons and a number of other venues.

2013 was an especially important year for Michelle. After attending an audition in Toronto she signed with a management team that sent her on a song-writing tour across the United States. She has recorded a number of original songs including "Gold Boy" and "We Want It All" which can be heard on YouTube and downloaded on iTunes.

After receiving an Orleans Online Outstanding Youth Award last spring, she blew the audience away with her brash vocals and originality.

Treacy will be hoping to achieve some of the same success fellow St. Peter alum and Orléans native Kira Isabella has after signing with Sony Music Canada in 2009. In just four short years, Isabella went from relative unknown to Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year.

While Treacy and Isabella sing completely different genres of music they share the same beginnings right here in Orléans.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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