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The Oh Wells: a dash of Taylor Swift's songwriting combined with Juno's quirky charm

What do you get when you mix Taylor Swift's songwriting charm with elements of the quirky, indie flick Juno?  Why, The Oh Wells of course.

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Clearly passionate about music, it's unsurprising that Jickling is absolutely confident and convinced about pursuing this as a career. Images of Lady Gaga and Florence Welch (from Florence and the Machine), cover her walls and serve as sources of inspiration and positive thinking.

"I look at them before I go to sleep and I just think, 'I want that to be me.'I know 100 per cent that this is what I want to do. I have all these goals. It would just be my dream come true to be able to do this forever."

This wasn't always the case for Jickling, however. Upon her first year out of high school, it took much convincing on her part to really prove to herself that she could do it.

After receiving more positive feedback, gaining experience, and takings risks with her songwriting, she comments, "I kind of proved it to myself. And now," she adds with defiance, "there's no going back."

Fresh, raw talent

Sometimes it's hard to remember that Jickling is only 20 years old. Starting this band back in high school, The Oh Wells have been going strong for almost four years now with impressive achievements to add to their resumes.

Photo courtesy of PEAK Performance Project

Aside from making it into the Peak Performance, they have also participated in the CITR Shindig - a battle of the bands-like competition for the UBC Radio Station, which they actually won this year. Moreover, they were finalists for the Seattle EMP'S Sound off!

The Oh Wells are actually one of the younger performers in the "Project", and for the singer, it's comforting to know that she can compete against people who are a lot older with more experience than her.

"I feel like I’m on my way.'"

Barista by day, singer by night

Between balancing her time working in the studio and working as a barista, music has consumed her life.

Photo courtesy of The Oh Wells

"But it’s what you have to do," Jickling points out. "I’ve heard people say you can’t have a life if you want to be a musician."

"The good thing is that I want being a musician to be my life." Hearing Jickling's responses makes it blatantly obvious where her passion and aspirations lie.


For future reference

Although their debut EP was released back in January, Jickling is contemplating whether or not she'll release another EP or a full-length album. 

For devoted fans out there, The Oh Wells will need all the support they can get over the next two months. Online voting will occur during September and October through their social networking sites including Facebooktwitter, and their own website.

From watching Behind Sapphire in amazement, to actually making it into the Peak Performance Project as one of the younger competitors, The Oh Wells have come a long way since their humble beginnings back in grade 9. 

They don't care about being "cool." They don't care about how they look. They certainly don't care about what other people think. If anything, they simply want to come across as normal and fun - the type of people that you want to hang out with.

That said, their down-to-earth demeanor and honest lyrics make The Oh Wells an up-and-coming talent that should be reckoned with. 

"I want to work hard for music. I’m fine if I only get one hour of sleep - but only if that’s for music.”

With only two months left in this competition, it will be exciting to see how the outcome pans out for The Oh Wells. 



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