9-year-old Fil-Am surprises audience at ‘America’s Got Talent’

9-year-old Fil-Am surprises audience at ‘America’s Got Talent’

AS soon as she began singing the first words of Andra Day’s song “Rise Up,” nine-year-old Angelica Hale stirred the venue’s atmosphere. It only took a few seconds for the charming little girl from Atlanta to win the judges’ approval and the world’s applause with her powerful voice.

“I want to be the next Whitney Houston. I want to be a superstar,” Angelica Hale told “America’s Got Talent” judges Simon Cowell, Mel B. Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.

These were the words that resonated in her audition at “America’s Got Talent” as she tried to conquer the first segment and secure a spot in the competition.

Full of passion and aspiration for singing, Angelica joined America’s biggest talent competition to inspire and let her voice be heard around the world.

“I absolutely love singing and it is my passion. I thought that the big stage of ‘America’s Got Talent’ was a wonderful place to allow my singing to be heard around the world,” Angelica told the Asian Journal.

Angelica decided to pursue her dream at a young age because she realized early that life is not to be taken for granted. Moreover, she had already lived a lifetime even before she finished kindergarten.

“I went through really difficult times, but now I get to use my voice and share my inspirational story with people all over the world, and that makes me feel better than ever,” Angelica shared.

At the age of four, she contracted an aggressive strep bacterium in her lungs that eventually led to kidney failure. Despite her situation, she still pursued her singing career. She joined her first competition when she was five and continued to attend voice lessons with her vocal coach Tricia Grey in between therapies.

“I want my fans to know that they should never give up and always believe that dreams can come true,” Angelica said.

The daughter of James Hale and Eva Bolando, Angelica continues to latch onto her dream in spite of her limit and new lease in life.

“I knew that my life story couldn’t end here and that this was only the beginning. There was still so much I wanted to accomplish and experience in my life,” she shared.

The little angel was not wrong. She deflected all adversity on Friday the 13th of September, 2013 as she successfully went out of the operating room with a newly functioning kidney donated by her mother.

“My family supports me so much and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They believe in my dreams to be a singer and superstar and are always there to support me if I’m having trouble.  Because of them, I can pursue and develop my passion for singing.  They always encourage me to bring my singing to the next level but to also have fun,” she added.

As of today, Angelica is one of the finalists and is still in the running in “America’s Got Talent.”

“I’m preparing for my next ‘AGT’ performances by practicing and working hard every day.  I am always trying to make the songs even better than they were before,” Angelica enthused.

“I realized that you need to treat every day like it’s the last day of your life and to never take things for granted. No matter how bad things may seem, they could always be worse,” she said.

Angelica hope to visit her fans from all around the world especially her mother’s hometown in Iligan City, Mindanao.

“I think traveling to new places is very exciting and I hope that my singing will allow me to meet people all over the world,” she said.

The little Fil-Am singer may not have been to the Philippines but she sure does captured her kababayans’ hearts with her charming personality and positive outlook in life.

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