Abbotsford's Victoria Duffield hits it big

Victoria Duffield with Dan McPeake

At just 17, Victoria Duffield has already reached a peak many artists dream about. She has had a hit single on MuchMusic, guest-starred on not one, but three hit TV shows, and just finished touring with two of pop music’s hottest new acts – Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson.

This included Victoria’s opening at Rogers Arena last Sunday. She was also featured on the music competition program ‘The Next Star’ where she got to write and record with producer Josh Ramsey, who is best known as the lead singer of Marianas Trench.

Regardless of your stance on pop music, it appears to be making somewhat of a comeback, and Victoria’s dance-based videos are a throwback to when pop was on top. What differentiates Duffield from her contemporaries such as Simpson, One Direction and a certain Canadian teen icon, is her songwriting ability.

Many popstars – particularly young ones – do not write their own material.

But Duffield wrote or co-wrote every track on her debut album ‘Shut Up & Dance’, which was released late last month. While the songs are on par for someone her age, it is refreshing that she had a hand in them, and they weren’t the work of some record producer trying to reclaim his youth.

 

Duffield’s talent aren’t limited to singing and dancing. An accomplished actor, she has guest-starred in several hit TV shows – including Supernatural, Smallville and, most recently, Mr. Young. Perhaps she can thank her older brother for that. Berkeley Duffield is currently in England shooting the TV series ‘House of Anubis’. She hopes that eventually they can do the “brother and sister thing” in Los Angeles. 

Many popstars are interested in fashion and Victoria is no different. When I spoke with her, the hoops in her ears were the size of circus rings. She has always been interested in clothing and jokes that maybe one day there will be a Victoria Duffield line of accessories. At the rate she is going, I wouldn’t be surprised.

‘Shut Up and Dance’ is Victoria’s debut album and was released in August through Warner Music Canada. You can visit her website at www.victoriaduffield.com

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