Photo courtesy of www.photographybyjeremyberkson.com Caitlin Sinness, 11, is looking to make it big in the music industry after signing a recording contract with Playback Records Nashville in late July.
published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Heartland Idol winner gets recording contract
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Caitlin Sinness will soon be headed to the country music capital to record her very own album after a whirlwind summer of surprises and exceeded expectations.
Sinness, 11, a Sebring Middle School student, won the annual Heartland Idol junior competition in March. Following Idol, Sinness has been making a few appearances throughout the county showcasing her talents to local residents and visitors.
After performing for music producer Jack Gale, Sinness was offered a music contract with Playback Records Nashville last month.
While away in North Dakota visiting relatives for summer vacation in June, Sinness got a call from a fan of Heartland Idol who advised her that she should give Gale a call.
When Sinness arrived back in Sebring a couple of weeks later, she met with Gale and sang a couple of songs in the music producer's home.
"I had a real estate agent call me and tell me about this terrific 11-year-old who sang at Heartland Idol. I really was not looking for anybody 11 years old at the time, but I thought I'd be courteous and talk to them. The lady gave my number to (her mother) Candy (Sinness-Farmer) and told her to call me. Candy called me and we set up a time for her to come over and sing," Gale said. "She sang and she just knocked me out with how terrific she is."
Sinness' big performance earned her an instant supporter and record producer who has been in the business since 1985.
"He just loved her. He wanted her to sign that day but I told them I had to think about it a bit. He gave us three days to decide," said Candy Sinness-Farmer.
Sinness signed the 18-month contract to record her first album with Playback Records Nashville on July 24.
Writers have submitted 10 songs for her to record on her first album. Several of the songs have been created by writers who have written songs for big-name artists.
"One of the main writers has written songs for Elton John and Reba McIntryre," Caitlin said.
Though big names are not foreign to Gale or Playback Records Nashville, a young singer like Caitlin is.
"She's the youngest ever," said Gale. "We had a 12-year-old signed, but she beat him."
Caitlin will travel to Nashville over Labor Day weekend to record her 10-track album at the Playback Records Nashville studio.
"I got all of the songs within a week. I've been practicing them. I'm excited. I'm a little bit nervous but I'm really excited about recording," said Caitlin.
"Normally, we would have singers record all the songs in one day, but because she's so young we are going to break up the recording over two days. So she will be recording five one day and five the second day," said Gale. "We're expecting it to be tremendous. Playback Records wouldn't spend all the time and money we are if we didn't think it's going to be great."
Sinness has been a singer since the age of 1. Her parents stated that at age 4 she began singing karaoke. .
"I hope the album does really well. I want to sell a lot of them. I want to sing on stages and go on tours. I want people to ask me for my autograph and just love my songs," Caitlin said.
The album will likely be released in late October.
(by: caitlin sinness - 9/12/2013)
IM so lucky to have gotten this oppertounity! thanks for all thats supportive
How much to Sign? (by: Stinky - 8/22/2013)
SMH ... A cold solicitor call to offer me a "Recording Contract" with Playback Records??? With someone who has never even heard me utter a word!! And the person calling knows NOTHING about music or the music industry but they get a cut of the $5000 down payment that I must invest to get my "recording career" going because it takes money to make money??? That part sounds like a multi level marketing scheme!! Am I the only one that finds this crazy? This is the second call I've gotten like this... Said they are calling former Heartland Idol winners!
Good Luck (by: Jeff - 8/21/2013)
Glad to read about your good fortune. Good luck and we look forward to your future success.
Yahoo (by: Linda Harrell - 8/21/2013)
I am so happy to have been the real estate agent that found Caitlin
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