Runs June 15-19
Native to St. Carol’s on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, Sabrina Whyatt has discovered success in ventures as numerous and varied as crab fishing, real estate, TV broadcasting, music production, and song writing. A graduate of Harriot Curtis Collegiate in St. Anthony, Sabrina studied journalism at Westviking College in Stephenville, received her Fish Harvester’s Technical Certificate at the Marine Institute, earned her Class IV Fishing Masters at the Marine Institute, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation.
Sabrina’s vocal and musical talent was evident early on. In fact, as a teenager she was playing in bands, appearing on television shows, and writing and performing songs at community events. She made a cassette of her own songs, selling 1,000 copies by, in her words, “literally knocking door to door on the Northern Peninsula.” Other career options then presented themselves, but she is now set to announce her musical arrival.
After writing for numerous newspapers and periodicals across Canada, including her own publication, Off the Rock, Sabrina worked as a fisheries correspondent and news anchor at NTV, where she also produced and hosted two health and fitness reality shows.
Sabrina also graced the cover of the province’s magazine The Newfoundland Herald three times. They deemed her “the voice of rural Newfoundland.” Sabrina shone in her TV news roles, but the intense work schedule took its toll. “I found it was affecting my creativity in other areas,” she says. “There was a period where I couldn’t write anything.” She resigned from news in 2005, and then turned her hand to producing and hosting a TV health and fitness show, another ratings success.
Sabrina also sits on the board of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), an appointment by the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Regents. The CCFI is a non-profit organization owned by Memorial University that provides the tools of scientific research and technology to the fishing industry.
In 2012 the docu-series Sabrina Whyatt: Blazing Trails showcased Sabrina’s life and lifestyle in both her crab fishing enterprise and her country music career. She has written and released three albums of original music, her first, self-titled, at the age of nineteen, the second, That’s Me, in 2011, and her most recent album, Home In A Song, debuted in 2012 on the Canadian top ten list for bestselling country music albums. She currently resides in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, with her pet pig, Willy Nelson.
Sabrina’s newest single “All The Other Love Songs Are A Lie” is heating up country radio. Her new music video is melting hearts as it is inspired by two real life love stories, one being her grandparents who passed away last year after being together for over 70 years.
Sabrina has been part of impressive country music lineups such as The Band Perry, Emerson Drive, the Road Hammers, and Eight Track Favourites. She’s also opened up for Amercian Country Music Legend Lorrie Morgan, and has performed with Canadian Idol finalist Rex Goudie.
Sabrina is currently working a new single to be released this summer, called Here’s To Livin’ The Good Life.