I live in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA. I have been singing since I was three. I have been performing in public since I was four. There is beautiful music in North Carolina and I have been surrounded with a musical family. My father, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-grandfather, great aunts and uncles are/were all musicians or music teachers. I have a lot of encouragement to live out my dreams. I want to use my talents to help others, and my disease of Juvenile Diabetes helps to focus that.
You can click on this picture to hear me sing "O Mio Babbino Caro."
I enjoy my music. I always pick out the music that I want to sing. I can sing in 5 different languages so nothing ever gets boring. I also like to perform in front of people and I find recording studios exciting.
I have Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was four. It has a serious impact on my life. I want to help others with the same condition. That's why I recorded a CD and donated most of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I also take part in many JD events. It feels good to help. I want a cure.
Many things have happened to me in the eight year period of this web site. First of all, I still love to draw, especially portraits. I continue to take piano lessons as well as dance. I particularly like ballet and jazz. And I even have started writing stories and books. I also am learning gradually to play the guitar and will soon be taking horse back riding lessons. As you can see I have a very busy schedule.
For many years I taught myself to sing by listening to CDs. Then I started taking voice lessons with Elaine Baker in Raleigh, NC. She has really helped me understand how important it is to use your voice properly. I practice all the time. Click here for my performances.
We have two theater groups in my town. I have been in several plays. I have been in three Missoula plays: Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood, and Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. I have been in the Stage Struck play Peter Pan (I was the voice of the Mysterious Lady and a lost child). I was also in the Center Stage play, The Sound of Music in which I was Marta and my little sister was Gretel. My sister also enjoys acting and Bye, Bye Birdie will be the third play we have been in together.
I continue to sing at local civic clubs and churches. During Christmas 2006 I sang in the North Carolina Capitol Building in Raleigh with other students that take lessons with my voice teacher.
The North Carolina Theatre has a very active program for youth. Each summer there is a camp called Kids On Broadway. I auditioned with 60+ young people. Twenty-six were selected for the three week (very demanding) camp which taught voice, dance and drama. I not only was accepted but I won the vocal scholarship. I was also the only eleven year old, making me the youngest. It was a very intense camp which improved a lot of my acting skills.
In early March 2007, I won the CBS Early Morning Show's Living Room Live Kids Edition. I then performed live on the show in New York. Click here for photos and a video of my performance.
After winning the CBS national contest, I went on to debut in April with the NC Opera Orchestra prior to the performance of La Boheme (which I was also in). That was one of my dreams come true. I sang O Mio Babbino Caro and received a standing ovation. See my photos and video of my performance..
For 28 consecutive years the Compton Heights Concert Band in St. Louis, MO, has produced a summer concert series appealing to all ages and musical tastes, featuring a wide range of programming and guest headliners. I was invited to appear in concert on both July 22 and 23, 2007. Click here to see photos and videos of my performances.
Another fun thing was singing the National Anthem at the Durham Bulls baseball game. I am sure you have heard of them. I also sang the National Anthem at the 2007 NC State Fair. You can watch my video.
I am still much involved with diabetes events. Click here to see my parents and me at the JDRF Hope Gala in April 2007. I was a soloist there.
Within these past five years we have had quite a few additions to our family. I now have a cat named Gretel, and my sister has one named Zoey. So now we have three animals, including our dog, running around the house. They are all so sweet and the best pets... excuse me... siblings you could ever have!