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Desirée Dawson gives us a sneak peek of her debut album, Wild Heart

Editorial Staff

Desiree Dawson, last year's Searchlight winner, is set to release her debut album, Wild Heart, on Feb. 24.

Recently, she visited CBC Vancouver and gave us a sneak peek of what's to come on her record. Her powerful voice paired with her ukulele is truly inspiring. Watch the videos below.

You can also check out more great talent from this year's Searchlight contest. Today, voting for Searchlight 2017 opens at 3 p.m. ET.

You can vote for as many artists in each region as you want, every day (though you can only vote for a specific act once daily). If you have any questions, email us at

Good luck to all who enter, and enjoy listening to the best new music Canada has to offer!

Polls for this round close on Feb. 27 at 2:59 p.m. ET. At the end of Round 1, the nine posted videos in each region with the highest scores from the CBC Music judging panel, plus the one posted video in each region with the most public votes, will automatically advance to Round 2: regional finals. For details on the voting rounds and everything else, read Searchlight's rules and regulations.

More to explore:

Meet your Searchlight 2017 industry panel

Desirée Dawson: 5 things you need to know about the 2016 Searchlight winner

Searchlight 2017: The prizes