Parksville-raised singer-songwriter Beth Marie Anderson appears Friday evening at Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach as part of her 2015 Christmas tour.

Country songstress home for the holidays

Parksville's Beth Marie Anderson returns from Nashville for Christmas tour stop at Village Theatre Friday

Singer-songwriter Beth Marie Anderson will be home for the holidays when she stops for a concert Dec. 4 at Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach.

The locally raised performer and recording artist, who splits her time between B.C. and Nashville, Tenn., is back as part of her Vancouver Island Christmas Tour. The tour will span the mid and south Island over a three-week period in December, including a pair of Dec. 14 performances at seniors facilities in Parksville.

Anderson is coming off an appearance at the B.C. Country Music Awards, where she was nominated for Album of the Year. This fall, she performed during the Canadian Country Music Awards in Halifax.

Anderson has recorded two albums, and in 2012 was nominated for Song of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.

She has been showcased at the Midem Music Conference in France and at the CMA Fan Fair in Nashville, and last year served as musical director of the Tim Horton’s Children’s Camp in Kentucky.

For the past six years Anderson has been director of the Mosaic Youth Talent Showcase at Knox United Church, helping guide emerging young talent in the region. She got her start in the Mosaic Showcase as a performer from 2005-07.

Raised on the sounds of artists ranging from Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Elvis to Charlotte Church and Whitney Houston, Anderson blends influences into an eclectic country/pop style in her own writing.

She has previously performed here, with groups including the Vancouver Island Opera Company, Bard to Broadway and Echo Players, in addition to Beachfest and other festival events.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at Mulberry Bush Bookstores in Qualicum Beach and Parksville.

— NEWS Staff

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