Canada here I come

CAPETONIAN Auriol Hays, pictured, is heading for the Montreal International Jazz Festival in what would be the biggest stage she has ever performed on.

CAPETONIAN Auriol Hays, pictured, is heading for the Montreal International Jazz Festival in what would be the biggest stage she has ever performed on.

The alternative pop singer has performed for tiny audiences around Western Cape, where she was born and raised.

The sexy singer has lived all over the Western Cape, from Mitchells Plain to Eerste River. She comes from a musical family. Her mother played the piano and her brothers played guitar. She is ecstatic about the prospect of singing in front of thousands of jazz enthusiasts in Canada in June.

"Aside from getting married, having a daughter, dealing with four apathetic cats and an insane extended family, this is the biggest thing that I have ever done," Hays says.

She says Electromode head honcho Chris Ghelakis was responsible for the deal. And since she learnt about it, she has been singing and preparing.

"I really feel sorry for my neighbours because we are one loud family. Let's not even talk about family braais and parties.

"So I try my best not to sing at ungodly hours or step anywhere close to my keyboard after 11pm.

"However, now I guess they are going to have to put up with a lot more noise. I really do think I should write them all letters explaining Montreal because I sing my entire album through - from top to bottom - for two hours everyday," Hays says.

She was passionate about singing from an early age, but used to be so shy and would only sing in the bath while running the water .

"Now I am grateful for any chance I get to sing. Music gives me this deep, satisfied feeling. Why would I want to stop feeling that? And if people get what I am about - fantastic, but I never wanted to be a singer to satisfy anyone other than myself," she says.

Hays says she didn't know much about the Montreal gig. She tries not to think about its enormity, but says her band members have Googled it and freaked out with excitement.

"Then they post funny messages on my Facebook. I am very aware of what it means, but all I want to do is get on stage barefooted, take a deep breath and sing," she says.

So what does it mean for her musical career? Could this be the beginning of bigger things?

"I don't know. How can anyone ever know or be guaranteed of anything? All I can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep breathing."

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