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We could soon see a local musician hit the world stage.

Faouzia, a seventeen year-old from Carman, has signed with one of the world's biggest music networks, Paradigm Talent Agency. The musician's career has really taken off in the last year or so, ever since she starting winning national and international song writing competitions.

She explained that this new deal will allow Paradigm to book her for bigger shows than she's currently doing, such as world tours and festivals.

According to an agency news release, Paradigm is home to several worldwide acts including Charli XCX, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, and many more.

Faouzia admitted it's hard to believe that some of her favourite international artists are on the same roster as she is.

"It's hard to believe that someone as normal as me, in a small town...and still going to high school is at the same level as these artists in this agency."

Paradigm also boasts veteran agent Rob Zifarelli who, according to the release, is know for boosting the careers of Feist, Vance Joy, and City and Colour.faouzia1

"Artists like Faouzia are what we look for at Paradigm," he said in a release. "She has undeniable raw talent, iconic vocal ability, inventive songwriting, and a truly magnetic stage presence. At the age of 17, she has so much potential to grow and we see her finding a place alongside some the very best in today’s industry. We look forward to supporting her artistic development in every way we can."

To coincide with this new milestone in her career, Faouzia has released a new single, My Heart's Grave.

She said the song served as the start for a new path in her music.

"Ever since I was younger I liked writing darker and sadder songs," explained Faouzia. "I'm not saying that I'm dark and sad, I'm just saying that I really like writing songs that are like that, and I got to put all of that intensity into one song to show everybody what I love doing with music."

When people hear the song, Faouzia hopes they realize they're not alone and says it's a way for lots of people to connect with each other.

"If people understand that they're not the only ones that are feeling that certain way, they know that other people can help them...and just look towards a brighter future."

cd-cfam/Robyn Wiebe

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