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Coquitlam musician needs votes to play Hollywood Bowl

Gina Williams always dreamed of performing at the iconic L.A. venue. Now, she has the chance — with the help of the public.
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Coquitlam musician Gina Williams.

Gina Williams always dreamed of performing at the Hollywood Bowl.

Now, the Coquitlam musician has a chance to be at the famous Los Angeles venue to open for a major act.

Williams has until July 21 at 8 p.m. to clinch Opening Act, a competition put on by Audacy (formerly that sees the performer with the most amount of votes play the Hollywood Bowl — and win $10,000.

Last year’s winner opened for Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Doja Cat, Kid Laroi and Shawn Mendes at Audacy’s annual concert.

Williams told the Tri-City News, if she’s successful, she’ll donate most of her windfall to charity.

"This would be incredible if I won because I always, always wanted to be on stage at the Hollywood Bowl," she said.

"I think this would give people an opportunity to hear my music."

A classically trained pianist, Williams was busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, releasing five albums in various genres last year.

Currently, Williams is fifth in the contest in a field of about 60 candidates.

Votes can be cast daily for free; however, there is also an optional fundraising component for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Williams, who starts an artist residency this Sunday (July 17) in Bellingham, is well-known for performing and recording in Ukraine.

This year, she’s hosted five benefit concerts for humanitarian relief in the war-torn country.

To cast a vote for Gina Williams, you're encouraged to visit her website and click on Opening Act.

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