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Shaela Miller pumped to compete in Storyhive video competition

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Local roots and country musician Shaela Miller is excited to compete in the Storyhive video competition and hopefully win a $10,000 grant to shoot a video with Calgary  director Laura Combden for a new song “Colour My Love”  from her brand new album due out in the Fall.

Shaela Miller is competing in the Storyhive video competition. Photo by Richard Amery
“She approached me about it because she’s been a fan of mine for a long time and she saw me perform the song at South Country Fair and she said it stuck with her,” Miller said.

“It’s very cool. I’m pumped about it,” she said.

“ Originally she wanted to shoot a video for ‘Lonely’ but I didn’t want to do a video for an old song that came out seven years ago so I sent her rough mixes of the new album,” she added.

“ It’s about a sheriff’s wife and a female convict, who realize that though they lead very different lives, they aren’t that different from each other,” noted Miller, who will be playing both women in the video.
If she wins, they will shoot the video in Southern Alberta in early June, with a July release.

The project is described as a beautifully dark and historically relevant period piece. It will tell two stories,of two women whose stories are historically untold. That of the sheriff's wife, and the female convict. It will take place in 1922 in southern Alberta, in a sheriff's residence which doubles as a prison.

Combden was inspired to tell this story when she first read about a woman's jail cell being attached to the county sheriff's everyday kitchen. It was a true account of a sheriff's house in rural Kansas, in the book “In Cold Blood”.

Combden has also submitted an entry to shoot another video for Vancouver roots musician Petunia. She shot several videos  for him including ‘Mercy’ which won $30,000 in a previous Storyhive competition as well as “Chained” from his last album.
Storyhive is a community powered funding program from Telus, which gives production grants for B.C. and Albertan artists to make their videos.

The community votes determine which project gets funding and distribution on Optik Local through Telus Optik TV on Demand. Voting began on April 24.
You can vote for the project as of April 24 by clicking on

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:06 )  
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