EDMONTON, Alta. — The news was music to Trinity Bradshaw’s ears.
The Summerside born singer/songwriter is returning to her home province to open up for country music sensation Shania Twain’s 2014 Founder’s Week concert, set for the Charlottetown Events Grounds on Aug. 30.
It was in the works for some time, all very hush, hush.
“We have been just waiting for confirmation. There were a couple of weeks there I could not tell anybody. It was killing me,” said Bradshaw in a telephone interview from Edmonton, Alta., where she was performing Wednesday night. “So today is awesome. I can actually be excited about it.
As a youngster performing at the annual Lobster Carnival Sidewalk Sale, Bradshaw would belt out Twain’s songs, all of which she knew by heart.
Today, she has incorporated some of the icon’s songs into her own set list, including favourites “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” and “Any Man of Mine.”
So opening for the Canadian award-winning songstress, who is a long-time idol of hers, is a dream come true for the 24-year-old.
“I grew up listening to all the older country, but as soon as Shania came out I knew every one of her lyrics, every one of her albums by heart,” added Bradshaw. “She was a huge life-changing factor for me, especially in country music.”
Outside of admittedly stalking her YouTube channel, the young country singer has never witnessed a live performance of Twain’s.
That will all change on Aug. 30.
A promoter, who heard about Bradshaw, a young rising star on the Canadian country music scene, got the ball rolling on getting her the gig of a lifetime.
“He really wanted to get me as the opener. When I first found out about it, I was ecstatic. My heart fell into my stomach,” she recalled. “I actually cried. I called my mom and she said ‘Why are you crying?’ My Mom is over it. She is like, ‘Yeah, big things are going to happen, we’re just waiting’.”
Well, mom has to wait no more, as this is her daughter’s biggest gig to date.
“You think things are going to happen but you are never really sure,” added Bradshaw. “This is probably the biggest thing to ever happen to me, just because Shania is close to my heart, musically, and she is my inspiration. That makes it even more of a big deal.”
She admitted she will likely be nervous on the big day, adding she plans to come home a few days prior to spend time with family and friends.
“I’d like to think I won’t be nervous, more excited, but I always get a little bit of nerves. Nerves are good. Having a little bit of nerves makes you push a little bit harder and put on a better show,” said Bradshaw.
“I am going to be super stoked, I know that for sure.”
With only a 30-minute set, she plans to perform material from her sophomore EP, “Open Skies,” which has received glowing reviews, with her single “Never Drinkin’ Again” in rotation at various country radio stations nationwide.
“I don’t think I will do any Shania covers,” she joked. “I’m going to let Shania do her thing and I’m going to do my thing.”
Bradshaw has been getting her own taste of success in recent years, nominated earlier this year for Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at the Alberta Country Music Awards, the province she now calls home.
She performed at the awards gala and, in March, was named CMT Canada’s Fresh Face Featured Artist of the Month.
Prior to that, in 2011, Bradshaw won Sugar Crisp's The First 15 songwriting contest, the 2013 Amp Radio Rock Star competition and the March 2013 title of SOCAN Artist of the Month.
This weekend, Bradshaw is performing at Ontario’s Boots and Hearts Festival where she has the chance to open for Hunter Hayes. In early September, days after her Charlottetown performance, she showcases at the Canadian Country Music Awards, which are being held in Edmonton, Alta.
Bradshaw hopes to get the chance to meet and chat with Twain.
“I just read her book. There is so much I want to ask her. I feel like we have so much in common,” she said. “I just want to ask her some pointers. She definitely knows what kind of mindset you need to make it to her kind of position in music.
“My goals are extremely high and just to have her give me some advice on getting there would be amazing.”
She’s still trying to make music a full-time job.
And opening for the one of the biggest names in country music just might be the big break Bradshaw has been waiting for.
“This kind of thing can open doors and I really hope it does,” added Bradshaw. “I really do hope it leads to something more.”
Twain’s performance closes out the 70-day 2014 Celebration Zone. Also opening for Twain is Canadian rock star, Corey Hart, who has never performed on P.E.I.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ShaniaPEI.ca, visit the Eastlink Centre Charlottetown box office or call 902-629-6625.
To follow Bradshaw, visit www.trinitybradshaw.ca, on Twitter @trinitybradshaw, Facebook, trinitybradshaw, and her Youtube channel, trinitybradshaw77.