Stu Rowland has sung in public once, but he's already gotten rave notices about his performance.
Fifty-three, to be exact.
Rowland, a La Quinta resident, is among the contestants in the Shorebreak Hotel's Singing for an Upgrade competition, in which the hotel staff films guests singing pop songs and posts their videos on Facebook. Whoever gets the most votes wins a two-night stay later this year at the Shorebreak and the other four Southern California properties owned by Joie de Vivre Hotels.
Rowland, who harmonized with a friend on Katy Perry's "California Gurls," has gotten 53 votes. That places him far behind front-runner Caitlyn Courcier, whose take on the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" leads with 173, but he hopes to rally more friends to vote online.
"You should see that number going up soon," said Rowland, who works as a golf course superintendent and often ventures to Huntington for its beaches.