The best part about America’s Got Talent is that it opens its doors to youngsters around the country who are gifted with a talent– be it an instrument, a sport, or dance skills. Mara Justine was born with a voice way beyond her years, and many people think she’s a huge contender to win this competition, even though she’s not even a teenager yet.
Here’s what you need to know about the talented young singer.
1. She Studied With Sal Dupree
Sal Dupree told The Press of Atlantic City Justine is “amazing and really something special.”
Dupree is a well-known vocal coach in the northeast. His students have been featured on The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and The X Factor. He coached Bianca Ryan, the first season $1 million winner of AGT, Lou Gazarra (who was a finalist in the second season of American Idol) and Tiffany Evans, the grand champion of Star Search.
He recently spoke to NBC 40 about the rising star.
She had something different. She has a very dark, deep voice for someone her age and she has an inner soul that most kids don’t have.
2. Nick Cannon Tweeted Her Immediately Following Her Performance
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) June 23, 2014
Immediately following her first stellar performance, Nick Cannon tweeted at Mara, commending her killer vocal chops. The youngster has over 1,500 followers to date.
Mara’s mother, Linda Platt, always knew her daughter was something special. She told NBC 40,
From when she was little I would laugh because she would dance and sing, you know, not like an ordinary kid.When I see her with all that confidence I feel like she would just, she’ll go for the stars, she’ll go for anything.
3. She Covered “Before He Cheats” When She Was Eight
… and it was insanely good. In fact, the most recent comment on the above video was left by a talent agency who’s scouting the youngster. She’s definitely going to be a hot commodity regardless of where the competition takes her.
Mara is known for switching from a cute, fresh-faced kid into a soulful powerhouse in an instant, and admits that something changes when she performs.
I feel like whenever I go out on stage, I feel like something comes over me, I have the funnest time out there, it’s like my home when I go out there, and I just love it.
Remember to vote guys! ☺️? you can vote 3 ways after the show! 1:NBC website 2:Search AGT on google 3:Call my number ???
— Mara Justine (@MaraJustine1) August 5, 2014
4. Her Audition Has Over 682,000 Views
Mara has certainly won America over this summer. The youngin told NBC 40:
This is game time. You gotta be on your game.
Though young, she’s is fully aware of what it will take to progress to the next round of auditions, and has no intentions on slowing down.
The video above, which has over 18,000 views, shows Justine singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at just 9-years-old.
5. She Has Over 1,800 Followers On Twitter
— Alan Tu (@NewsWorksNJ) August 5, 2014
If Mara makes it through the quarterfinals, she’ll be one of 20 acts that advances to Radio City. Though the singer seems shy at first glance, her family describes her as being quite the singing diva as a child. Her mom told NBC 40:
From when she was little I would laugh because she would dance and sing, you know, like an ordinary kid.