As told to me by my niece Stacie Brown
It rained just about the whole way there. My mind was occupied with thoughts of the different people I would compete with. What kind of talent I would be facing? Which song on the list will they have me sing? It really didn’t matter, I had practiced several of them. Even though, my stomach was in knots, I tried to show that it really was no big deal, I can handle it. I was determined to make the trip and make the cut! The closer we get, the more my stomach churns. I tried sleeping a little while listening to gospel music and humming some of the songs I practiced to take my mind off the pending competition, it didn’t work. This is something I only dreamed about. Several people have mentioned to me that doing a competition like this could be good for me and could make me a star, even if I didn’t win. I’m not sure if I would want the celebrity status, but I’m going to try anyway.
I am making this trip with my mother, sister and aunt, the aunt that says she is my number one fan! I have the support of my family, all of them. The excitement is getting to me! It has been raining but I don’t seem to mind. I got to meet Kirk Franklin back stage and Erica Campbell, now tell me how exciting s that? Some of us never get to meet anyone that’s a celebrity and I have met two in the last few hours. With each round, my nerves seem to be settling down. When it came to be my turn, a quietness seem to settle over me. I stepped up and sang “Come Ye Disconsolate”. Several of the contestants sang the favorites, “How Great Is Our God”, “Take Me To The King”. The rules were you could not sing any extra notes, or running as they call it in the business, but one contestant did and she was the one that was picked out of 400 entrants. Well, if nothing else, it was a great experience and I will not give up. I will continue to sing in my church and other functions that come my way. I will always sing in the shower or when I am not doing anything. At least, I will have something to talk about when the family is sitting around on a Sunday afternoon.
This episode will be broadcast on July 9, 2014. Even though Stacie will not be featured, check it out on BET.