- Chelle Wootten
Growing up singing jazz and performing in church with her musical family, Maura Whitman realized that—along with being a competitive cyclist and 2015's provincial champion mountain biker—the 15-year-old from Herring Cove wanted to be a soul-based pop-singer. A fan of Adele, Alicia Keys and Coldplay, her latest release, "Survivors," has been spinning on CBC Radio, which she says is a surreal experience that continues to inspire her unstoppable work ethic. "The song is about being focused when doing something you love, without letting anyone come in the way of your passion," she says, and adds that her age is an advantage. "I have lots of time to develop my songwriting, composition and performing," she says, already well on her way to taking home the gold.