Richmond singer Elaine Shepherd nominated for a Juno Award

Richmond's Elaine Shepherd is up for a Juno. The talented 23-year-old is one of five nominees for reggae recording of the year for "Likkle But Mi Tallawah." Shepherd was invited to Tuesday's press conference at the Royal York hotel in Toronto where the nominations were announced. "I was very excited, a little surprised but at the same time very pleased," she said. "A lot has happened in a very short time. Along with my manager, Carrie Mullings, we've been working very hard." Shepherd said the mass of people at the Royal York reminded her of being at a hotel in Vancouver several years ago, when she was rejected for Canadian Idol. "This (Juno) nomination is not an in-your-face thing, but it definitely is satisfying to show someone who doesn't believe you can do it. I never lost faith, and there are a lot of people who believed in me. It's proof that if you stay grounded, believe in yourself and work hard, positive things can happen." Shepherd, who is just wrapping up work on a new album, said the nominees are all "amazing artists" and she is proud to be considered among them. A graduate of Richmond High, Shepherd was the 2010 Reggae Music Achievement Awards' most promising new artist. The Juno Awards, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will be broadcast on CTV March 27 from Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Winners will also be declared at the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards March 26. Shepherd released her life-inspired debut album "Lady In The Streets" in late 2010.

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