Todd Richard named a 2015 Searchlight semi-finalist

Voting is on now and continues until noon Monday, April 27 to determine the Searchlight champion from each region

Country artist Todd Richard made the cut to the regional finals of CBC Music's Searchlight competition.

Country artist Todd Richard made the cut to the regional finals of CBC Music's Searchlight competition.

Voting for Canada’s best new musical artist from the Vancouver area is on until Monday.

Country artist Todd Richard made the cut to the regional finals of the CBC Searchlight competition.

The local singer-songwriter is one of 225 semi-finalists, winnowed down from a total of 3,333 musical acts who entered the Searchlight contest for 2015.

Richard chose the song, If I Could Change The World, for the contest and he’s counting on more online voter support from his “frands,” which he calls his fans who’ve become friends.

CBC Music’s Searchlight contest, nicknamed “the hunt for Canada’s best new artist,” will see the winner awarded $20,000 in Yamaha gear.

Of all the artists in the running, “only 14% made it through to the semi finals, so thanks to our Frands,” Richard said, about making the cut.

He’s working on a new album, which is slated for release later this year.

Voting continues until noon Monday, April 27 to determine the Searchlight champion from each region. On Tuesday, April 28 the regional champions will be announced, and move on to the nationals judged by Dan Boeckner, Jenn Grant and Saukrates.

Find the Searchlight home page at http://music.cbc.ca/#!/cbcsearchlight/