Abbotsford Idol winner Richard Tichelman performed at the Canada Day Kickoff Concert on Tuesday night at the Abbotsford Centre.
The 15-year-old Surrey resident was recently named the winner of the idol contest and was given the top prize: a chance to perform at the kickoff concert as an opener for acts like Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive.
For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences across North America.
The Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as I Should Be Sleeping, Fall Into Me, Last One Standing, Moments and their latest chart-topping hit, Who We Are.
Emerson Drive has racked up numerous nominations in the U.S. at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards and in Canada, where they have picked up multiple trophies for Group or Duo of the Year from the Canadian Country Music Association.
It was their 2007 hit Moments that pushed Emerson Drive over the top in country music.
Storify by Megan Lambert