Every thriving community understands that children are the future, and invests appropriately into that future. On July 18, 2015 Battle Ground’s Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual youth talent show, as part of the Battle Ground Harvest Days Festival, and highlighted the talented youth in its community. Portland Radio Project participated by offering one of the prizes for this display of talent, and the result was a first ever in-studio performance by two of the winners: Sameayah Pehlke and Sahara Jones.

The 2015 Battle Ground Harvest Days Talent Show featured 16 wonderful youth acts from the ages of 7-18, showcasing their talent as instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, and musical actors. The future looks bright for Battle Ground when witnessing not only the talent but character of these young people, and the support their families are offering them.

The two Drop-In Session prize winners, Sameayah and Sahara joined me for Music Monday on August 24th. Students of the Vancouver School of Art and Academics, Sameayah and Sahara showed off their unique voices and musical talents on air for the very first time, here on Portland Radio Project.

Sameayah’s voice is what stands out the most when performing. She effortlessly creates beautiful sounds, making room for each note to roll and weave in the direction she wants them to go. In tone and style, she channels bits of Beyonce and Rhianna, exuding an authenticity in the stories she’s telling through her chosen songs – a rare thing for a 16 year old to be doing. Whether accompanying herself on piano, or singing a cappella, Sameayah is the kind of artist that can cut through the noise and hit you straight in your soul.

Photo Credit: Brent Angelo Photography at the 2015 Battle Ground Harvest Talent Show

Photo Credit: Brent Angelo Photography at the 2015 Battle Ground Harvest Talent Show

Sahara has the personality that greets challenge with a smile. Along with her skills as a vocalist, she fearlessly picked up a guitar and not only took on the feat of learning to play it a mere two months ago, she dared to chart a course as a songwriter, telling stories in a more personal way. She debuted her first song ever written with us, live on air, titled “You’re Not Mine,” a song about a love that will never be returned. Not only was I impressed by her melodic choices, but the way in which she delivered her story. She created a fantastic blend of honesty and poetry.

Photo Credit: Brent Angelo Photography at the 2015 Battle Ground Harvest Talent Show

Photo Credit: Brent Angelo Photography at the 2015 Battle Ground Harvest Talent Show

Beyond their talents as individuals, it was most entertaining to see these two function as friends. The bond they have together is what brought them both to the Battle Ground Harvest Days Talent Show stage. I look forward to seeing what becomes of them as individuals, but won’t hide my hope to see a possible collaboration between these two very talented young ladies.

We’ll be following these two shining lights, and checking in with them to see where their lives and careers take them. Enjoy their first ever radio interview in the podcast below.

Amber Sweeney

Amber Sweeney is a northwest artist who listens with her heart. She is a passionate performer and songwriter, with a powerful and soulful voice. Catch her interviewing PDX artists, and hosting Music Monday's on PRP every Monday from 1-5pm on www.prp.fm
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