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You can help Robson artist win international pop award

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
March 26th, 2015

You expect to hear that pop music award winners hail from New York or even Toronto … but Robson? Castlegar Source readers are about to get the opportunity to win one of three copies of the debut CD of Robson pop award nominee Reiss Zibin.

Raised in Robson, Zibin, now 20 years old, started taking voice lessons at a very early age, then learned how to play the acoustic guitar, according to her proud Papa, Andrew. Something of a prodigy, she started writing her own songs at around the age of 14. She performed on stage at all the local festivals, such as the Pass Creek Fall Fair, Sunfest, Silver City Days, at the Old Theater and more.

She graduated from Stanley Humphries Secondary School and headed to Vancouver in 2014 to record her first album entitled Reality, which was released on Nov. 1, 2014 (it’s available on iTunes, Chapters, Google, etc.).

Even Andrew was taken aback by his daughter’s rapid success.

“In February of 2015, her song For the Rest of My Life was nominated for ‘pop performance’ of 2015 at the International Portuguese Music Awards show,” he said, explaining Reiss is half Portugese. “These awards will take place in the Boston area on April 25. There is also a People’s Choice award, on which the public can vote.”

Anyone interested in voting can visit www.ipmaawards.com/vote. Voting ends on April 8, 2015.

Reiss herself is over the moon about the opportunity.

“To be nominated is just still unbelievable to me,” she said. “I get butterflies just thinking about going to the awards show. I’m so lucky that my first solo album is getting recognition – I truly have put my heart into this album.”

But all this success hasn’t gone to Zibin’s head – she’s still very excited to share her passion with her hometown.

“I’ll be performing at Sunfest coming up this year,” she said. “I’m super pumped to have a concert in my neighbourhood.”

To hear her nominated single, click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Guod1PDYANU) or visit her music website at www.reisszibin.com.

Most importantly, don’t forget to cast your vote in the People’s Choice category at www.ipmaawards.com/vote

Finally, to have your name entered to win one of three or Reiss’ CDs, go to the Source Facebook page and share the link to this story. Winners will be announced on April 9, after the close of voting.

Good Luck, Reiss, from all of us at the Castlegar Source!

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