Dec-24-2014 ~ St. Albert’s singing Christmas angel

St. Albert has its very own singing Christmas angel. Her name is Hailey Benedict, and her voice can make you smile.

This year Hailey is taking the stage at the Jubilee Auditorium in The Singing Christmas Tree, one of Edmonton’s most spectacular Christmas shows. Not only is she in the choir, but she has a duet solo as well. The Singing Christmas Tree has been a long-standing tradition, and one that Hailey longed to be a part of—feeling it was a great way to give back to the community that has already given her so much.

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Brett Kissel and Hailey Benedict are all smiles before they perform in The Singing Christmas Tree. (SUPPLIED)

Hailey has had a surreal year, and to have such a great experience at a magical time is not lost on her. She is so humble and just wanted to share her talents to make everyone enjoy the season.

A highlight of participating in the show is the opportunity to perform on the same stage with Brett Kissel. Kissel, an Alberta boy who is also making his name well known internationally, is the featured entertainer of this year’s Singing Christmas Tree. These entertainers have something besides their love of music in common. They were both nominated for the 2014 Alberta Country Music Association Fan Choice Award. Hailey has made it through the first round and is still in the running for the award that will be presented on January 25, 2015. Kissel is nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year.

This is not Benedict’s first appearance on the stage at Christmas. In 2012 and 2013 she played the role of Jenny Cratchit in the Citadel’s production of A Christmas Carol. It was an amazing experience for the little girl who only auditioned on a whim. When they got the call that she had the part, her whole family was awestruck.

The experience taught Hailey that being an entertainer demanded a lot of hard work and dedication, but the rewards for performing were fantastic. There were endless hours of rehearsals, homework and travel to the theatre. Many sacrifices were made by her entire family to help Hailey realize her dream. But they all did so willingly.

In 2013, Hailey even wrote her own song. Her original “My Sweet Alberta Home” was one of eight finalists for the All-Alberta Songwriting Contest. Locally she has sung at the Rotary Music Festival, Canada Day celebrations, St. Albert Kids Idol and many other venues. She loves to sing and especially loves to sing the national anthem.

This Christmas singing angel certainly knows how to share the magic of the season. And if you get the chance, make sure to catch her performing. You will definitely walk away with a smile.

TRACY DALZELL-HEISE

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