Jordan Engstrom was selected to appear on TeleMiracle 45

TeleMiracle, a Saskatchewan’s Charity, announced the list of 75 talented Saskatchewan performers who are appearing on TeleMiracle 45, taking place on February 27 and 28, 2021.TeleMiracle 45 will include the “Countdown to TeleMiracle” pre-show, the Main Show and the Overnight segment.

Out of many applicants, Assiniboia’s Jordan Engstrom was chosen to perform on the 20-hour telethon to be broadcasted live on CTV throughout Saskatchewan, beginning on 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 and ending at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. The Grade 11 student will appear on TeleMiracle 45’s Main Show, which will also be livestreamed on www.telemiracle.com and broadcasted on YouTube.

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“I have been part of Telemiracle since I was little. Dad volunteers with TeleMiracle. I wasn’t even one-years-old when I met the national cast as a baby,” the teenager recounted – smiling beneath her mask.

Engstrom first appeared as a performer on TeleMiracle 44 on March 8, 2020, when she sang Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn at 5:42 a.m. on the Regina stage. Before appearing in Regina, she fundraised for her TeleMiracle performance.

“This year, I did a raffle kit at school,” Engstrom reported. Plus, she performed three songs in the Limerick Hotel in February 2020, where the teen raised money for the Kinsmen Foundation.

Engstrom – who also works part-time in Assiniboia’s Shoppers Drug Mart – expected she might be raising money through virtual means this year because of COVID-19, but this hasn’t stalled her enthusiasm in becoming part of TeleMiracle 45.

“Everything Telemiracle stands for is a good cause – it helps people in so many ways,” Engstrom said.

Additionally, Engstrom receives an adrenalin rush from singing music before a live audience, so this opportunity is ideal. “This year, I will be performing Christine Aguilera’s song, Beautiful,” she said when talking about the upcoming performance in February.

Although Engstrom originated from a musical family, she has only staged her solo performances during the last three years. “With music, it took me a long time to figure out that I liked it so much.”

The soloist with developing talents took vocal lessons from Evie Sawatzky and Josh Carley in Moose Jaw. After listening to selections on her YouTube channel at JJ Engstrom, the listener will hear a trained voice filled with richness and tonal depth.           

Engstrom, who specializes in country ballads, is planning to release a series of digital recordings either in Jan. or Feb. 2021. Her ballad ‘My Mind’ is a “psychological song,” based on an inner fantasy.  

A second ballad she’s releasing concerns the anxieties of a person experiencing a mental illness. Engstrom said this song depicted the downfalls of mental illnesses, when people sense they are trapped into situations and wish to break free.

Although Engstrom has a preference for country ballads, she also listens to indie musicians including Tate McRae and Alessia Cara. At times, Engstrom’s music and vocals share comparisons to the English indie singer, PJ Harvey, with sweeping and everchanging pitches.  

To support Jordan Engstrom’s performance on TeleMiracle 45, she will set up a PayPal account in the future, or donors can send an email at jordanengstrom21@gmail.com.

The proceeds of this annual telethon organized by the Kinsmen Foundation assists people in having access to specialized mobility and medical equipment. The foundation also provides travel assistance for residents requiring medical treatments beyond their communities.