Teen singing sensatiom Nikki Yanofsky’s career continues to blossom. With her first studio album due out in the spring and just having come off two tours to the Orient, the energetic Hampstead resident will now be getting some truly worldwide exposure as the voice behind the official theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. he theme music, written for Vancouver 2010 broadcasts by Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, has evolved into an original song that was released at the end of January to radio stations across the country and made available for download on I-Tunes.
I Believe, an original song performed by three prominent Canadian artists, is the lyrical manifestation of the theme music that will be featured throughout consortium broadcasts. The consortium is a unique arrangement involving CTV, TSN, RDS, RIS Info Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, OMNI, OLN, V, APTN, ATN, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca, The Globe and Mail, Corus Québec and select Rogers radio stations across the country.I Believe was recorded in several different formats, including an English single performed by Yanofsky, a French single, entitled J’Imagine, performed by popular Quebec recording artist Annie Villeneuve (the girlfriend of Minnesota Wild hockey star Guillaume Latendresse); a bilingual version, also recorded by Villeneuve; and a full-length instrumental by the theme music’s award-winning Canadian composer, Stephan Moccio. Yanofsky’s recording of I Believe was produced by 14-time Grammy Award-winning legend Phil Ramone and Grammy Award-winner Jesse Harris.
How did this all come about? "I don't remember exactly when, but I met Stephan Moccio at the Juno Awards last year and I guess we were on each others radar," she told the Jewish Tribune. " I kinda learned the words and the melody at the same time. What can I say- what an incredible honour! I am speechless."
The song is just such a universal message," she remarked. "It doesn't even need to be applied to the Olympics. It's really just about believing in yourself and your talent, and that when you're down, there's people around you that really do support you. It's really something I believe in. Pardon the pun."
An EP, distributed by Universal Music Canada, hit stores on February 2 containing three versions of the song: I Believe, J’Imagine and the instrumental track, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the music/recordings in the making.
For more information log on to www.nikkiyanofsky.com. To see her video click here: Nikki's Olympic video.