This year, Virgin Radio gave students the opportunity of a lifetime with its RedFestDXB School Star contest! Young musicians from all over the country submitted 60-second (solo, duo or band) performances featuring them and were judged by the team at Virgin Radio. And what was the prize for the winner? The chance to perform at RedFestDXB 2018 with some of the world’s greatest superstars and a visit from Kris Fade and KelliLeigh to the winner’s school! Fortunately for Dubai American Academy students, Nicole Dietrich’s performance was selected as the best.
Nicole Dietrich, a student at Dubai American Academy, is an aspiring young musician. “My parents say that I started singing before I could talk,” says Nicole. “I started taking piano lessons with my brothers at the age of four and switched over to guitar later. At 11 years old, I composed my first ever song. I’ve composed five songs since then. I’ve even taught myself how to play the ukulele!”
Nicole was thrilled when she found out that she would be performing at RedFestDXB 2018 and started practicing immediately. “I felt so proud of myself because I put so much work into my music and to see it paying off was amazing!” She chose to perform two of her original compositions along with a short a-cappella version of “Who’s Lovin’ You?” by The Jackson 5. Nicole was overjoyed by the crowd’s reaction to her songs, but the most exciting part for her was sharing the same stage as her role model, Kesha. “To be able to perform on the same stage as Kesha was just insane!”
Nicole intends to embrace music as a full-time career and with the on-going love and support from her friends, family and school; there is no doubt that we’ll be hearing more from her.