By this time next year, it’s likely every Islander will know the words to Mike Ross and Nicole Bellamy’s newly penned song, Forever Strong.
That’s because it was chosen as the official theme song of the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations.
Ross and Bellamy’s upbeat tune was the winning entry in a song search contest launched in June. Over 75 entries were submitted by artists from a wide range of musical genres and backgrounds, including Tim Chaisson, Gordon Belsher and the Paper Lions.
With its festive chorus and catchy hook, Forever Strong was the rousing theme song P.E.I. 2014 organizers were looking for, said Lennie Gallant, one of the three celebrity judges who chose the winning song from a list of the top 10 entries.
“It was hard to choose a winning song because there were so many different styles involved,” Gallant said.
“In a theme song I think what you really want is a song that has a real celebratory chorus that people can jump in on and something that is radio-friendly and stays on point… this song came up on top.”
The song was revealed to a crowd of invited guests this morning at The Mack theatre in Charlottetown.
After performing his winning song, Ross was beaming with pride.
“We’re very fortunate and blessed to have been chosen amongst 80 people,” Ross said.
“We wrote this song about the place that we love most in the world… the fact that we were chosen is really a wonderful thing.”
The Guardian will have more online soon, including video of the song 'Forever Strong' from the launch this morning in Charlottetown.