As her press release announces, Sabrina Whyatt (38), former NTV journalist and news anchor, crab fisher and sea captain, entrepreneur now country music singer, is “smashing stereotypes.”
The country music star is bringing special guest Rex Goudie, a Canadian Idol 3 finalist and Ben Rutz, fiddle player with Johnny Reid to her performance on Friday, July 27 for St. Anthony’s Come Home Year.
From her first CD That’s Me released in 2011, the single titled All Over Again made the American AC (Adult Contemporary) top 40 music charts, her self-produced music video aired on CMT. and another self-documentary on life in the fishery on NTV.
Born in St. Carol’s just minutes outside the town, Whyatt has woven journalism studies completed in 2005, fishing that began in the 1990s and music into a multi-faceted career that includes songwriting.
“I first had an opportunity to go crab fishing during a summer in the late 1990s,” said Whyatt. “I fell in love with it.”
She is part of a family fishing operation and still prefers to work as a deckhand every summer with her uncles, despite studying for and achieving a Class 4 Fishing Masters from Memorial University’s Marine Institute.
Whyatt will celebrate her 39th birthday the night of her performance.
“It will be an awesome birthday party and a full circle moment for me,” she said. “St. Anthony was the first place I sang on a cable television show.”
In the music genre of new country, Whyatt described herself as “a bit of a rocker at heart.”
“Songwriting is what I do naturally,” she added. “I’m creative and studied journalism and did that for a few years (even working one summer at the Northern Pen), but songwriting is what I do naturally,” she said adding, “It’s what I’ve been pursuing on a more professional level and so it’s worked out for me.”
Tribute song to the late Kirk Noel
On her upcoming CD Whyatt has written and performs Home in a Song as a tribute to her late friend, teen band member and St. Anthony native Kirk Noel who died six years ago on July 13 in a helicopter crash while training for the coast guard.
"I first had an opportunity to go crab fishing during a summer in the late 1990s. I fell in love with it." - Sabrina Whyatt
“He had such an “it” factor,” she said. “There is one line in the lyrics that will resonate with anyone who knew Kirk.”
A one-minute drum solo is planned as part of the tribute as Noel was the band’s drummer.
“Rather than paying tribute with one-minute of silence we decided on the drumming as Kirk was anything but silent,” added Whyatt.
The Newfoundland native is featured in an NTV docu-series Sabrina Whyatt – Blazing Trails, five, 30-minute episodes produced by RAIN Productions, set to air this fall.
Not one to standby idly, her latest CD Here I Go produced by Mike Brokosky, “even more rock than my first,” will be released to coincide with the docu-series with a single coming out on August 27.
For more information, visit www.sabrinawhyatt.com/.