If confidence is the key to success, then Kelly Moulik is going to go far.
The 18-year-old Fort High student from Nestor Falls is working on two demo packages, including one with her uncle Jim Peterik, who co-wrote and performed the ’80s hit “Eye of the Tiger” as part of the group, “Survivor.”
And Peterik believes her chances of getting signed are good, Moulik said.
“My uncle knows someone from Jive Records,” she noted, which is the same record company that currently boasts teen pop artists like the Backstreet Boys. “And he said I’d definitely get a contract with his old company [Scotti Brothers].
“He e-mailed me a couple of days ago,” she added. “He let a couple of people listen to my demo he has. He said the reaction was fantastic.”
Moulik recorded two songs in Chicago this summer her uncle had written for her, one of which he touted as a potential chart-topper. And she hopes to return there at Christmas to record another two songs with him.
“I’m writing my own songs,” she noted. “Then my uncle takes them and finishes them [on sheet music].”
On the local front, Moulik is recording a demo tape with Cliff Pidlubny of Fort Frances, doing popular cover songs from Christian Contemporary to Country. But pop music definitely is what she’s leaning towards and hopes to make a career of it.
“Ever since I was young, I can remember, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” she said. “Music is so powerful and it means so much to me.”
Although Moulik has been interested in singing since the age of three, she only started doing public performances in the last couple of years.
“She sings for the tourists that come every week [to our camp],” noted her mother, Cathy Huitikka. “One of them did ask her for an autograph.”
Since then, Moulik has been on stage every chance she gets. She earned the “Performers’ Choice” award at the last “Quest for the Best” in February, and got a lot of “positive feedback” during “Summer Quest” in July.
She also was slated to sing at today’s grand opening ceremonies for Fort Frances High School.
“I want to perform,” she stressed. “I try to sing as much as possible. It makes me so happy.”
Right now, Moulik intends to graduate from high school in June. But she’s already preparing to go professional with her singing once school is done—complete with her parents’ blessing.
“I am in total support of her,” Huitikka said. “I think she’s good enough to make it. I’m excited for her!”
“I used to feel like it wouldn’t happen,” Moulik admitted. “But now I’m really excited. My uncle believes in me, my family believes in me, and I believe in myself.
“Having talent and confidence are the two most important things you need,” she stressed. “Without confidence, you can’t get anywhere.”