When your child starts singing full sentences of Reba McEntire’s music at nine months, you know something is there.
That’s what Stacey McKitrick’s parents thought when the youngster belted out the twangy tunes, said the singer.
Fast forward nearly 26 years, and McKitrick now has an album to her name on which those hearty vocals take centre stage.
The lyrics on her debut self-titled CD point to her journey in life, love and ambitions.
There are some honky-tonk songs such as “Loved by You,” while others near the country-pop genre with “My Own Thing,” and country-rock with “Blame it on the Drinking.”
While some ballads celebrate saying farewell to lovers, McKitrick said that she never considered saying goodbye to her love of music.
“In the past, people have said maybe it’s time to think about doing something else. But it’s something that I was destined to do.”
Performing publicly since the age of nine, at Abbotsford’s annual Agrifair, McKitrick then started looking through the newspaper every weekend to see if there was an event she could sing at.
Many of them involved charities, and the theme has stuck.
Recently, McKitrick busked in front of the Save-On-Foods, for the Basics for Babies fundraiser sponsored by JRFM, and this past Friday, the singer was at a food drive for the local food bank at Aggasiz’s Leisure Centre.
“It’s my favourite thing to do (fundraising events), especially at this time of year. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position where you can give back, then you should.”
Other upcoming performances include singing the national anthem at the Abbotsford Heat game on Dec. 17 and at one of the Canucks games in January. A date has not yet been set.
In addition, McKitrick has just been made the face of HevyD’s Kettle Korn, produced in Vernon and sold throughout the Save-On-Foods chain.
She recalls a funny moment on set, during the promotional shoot, the pictures of which will be on the back of every package.
“These guys were pouring popcorn over my head, to make it look like it was snowing,” she said laughing.
While McKitrick is overjoyed with the publicity the campaign will generate, she stated that she is determined to become successful in the music industry the old-fashioned way – hard work.
“If you want something, and work hard enough, you can make things happen.”
To find out more information, visit www.staceymckitrick.com/.