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The Capital City Weekly is featuring two divas a week leading up to Juneau Lyric Opera’s Sept. 23 “Who’s Your Diva” competition and fundraiser. This is the second week of Q&As. Follow upcoming divas at capitalcityweekly.com and in our print issue.
Who's Your Diva? Courtney Nelson 082317 AE 1 For the Capital City Weekly The Capital City Weekly is featuring two divas a week leading up to Juneau Lyric Opera’s Sept. 23 “Who’s Your Diva” competition and fundraiser. This is the second week of Q&As. Follow upcoming divas at capitalcityweekly.com and in our print issue.

Courtney Nelson. Courtesy image.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Story last updated at 8/22/2017 - 3:21 pm

Who's Your Diva? Courtney Nelson

The Capital City Weekly is featuring two divas a week leading up to Juneau Lyric Opera’s Sept. 23 “Who’s Your Diva” competition and fundraiser. This is the second week of Q&As. Follow upcoming divas at capitalcityweekly.com and in our print issue.

The event will take place at Centennial Hall at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets go on sale at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, Hearthside Books and www.juneauopera.org on Aug. 21. Costs $315 for reserved table for 10, or $35 per ticket (reserved seating). For more info visit www.juneauopera.org.

1. What’s your most memorable performance?

Playing at the Biker Boogie at the Panhandlers clubhouse – everything is done big there. Big sound, big bonfire and big fun!

2. How about your embarrassing moment while performing?

We have been known as the “sound check band” and that is embarrassing when they are checking the sound and you sound terrible or an instrument isn’t being picked up and there is nothing you can do about it.

3. Name three singers who have influenced you throughout your singing career.

Nora Jones, Patsy Cline and Olivia Newton John.

4. Are there any local performers who inspire you?

Shona Strauser – she just kills it every time!

5. Where’s your favorite place to sing (besides the stage)?

In the car, hiking trails or in my living room.

6. If you could burst out in song anywhere you wanted, where would it be?

I would love to sing in any club in Paris.

7. What’s on your playlist, what’s your jam?

I love to listen to 80’s music, Nora Jones and Kasey Chambers and Shana Hooligan from Bitter:sweet.

8. What are three things you love most about living in Juneau?

The lack of traffic, the clean air and no billboards!

9. You have three sunny days in Juneau… how do you spend your time?

Swimming at the glacier swimming hole, eagle beach or my own backyard deck.

10. What’s the number one item on your bucket list?

Going wine tasting in Italy.