“When Carmen Braden’s name was called from the shortlist of five nominees at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards in Whitehorse on Oct. 3, she was so surprised that she didn’t know how to react.

Having been selected as composer of the year, edging out two of her own teachers, Braden said she was both humbled and honoured, especially right on the heels of the launch of her latest album Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars, which was released a week earlier.

“I was definitely surprised. You know in football when they score a touchdown and the referee puts his arms up? I did that,” she laughed. “I was expecting one of my teachers to win, they’re beyond my scope of composing and I’ve learned so much from them already….”