Meet Tessa, Anne’s talented voice and guitar student. Tessa is extremely versatile, singing and accompanying herself on everything from pop to musical theatre. Recently, she made it through three rounds of America’s Got Talent, getting chosen to sing in front of the executive producers. We’re excited to hear whether she gets called for the next round, but regardless of the outcome, we’re so proud of her and know she’ll go far with her music.
MM: How did you get started with music, and how long have you been singing and playing guitar? Why guitar?
TA: I always liked singing but started to formally take lessons when I was 6 (~three years ago). I’ve been playing guitar for just one year and wanted to learn an instrument that I can use to accompany my singing.
MM: Do you share your musical skills with family, friends, or your community? How?
TA: I pretty much sing at every family gathering and I also try to do open mics and recitals every chance I get.
MM: What makes you keep up your practice, and what are your goals?
TA: I have a really fun time practicing and my goals are to start writing my own songs by the time I’m twelve.
MM: Who are a few bands/artists that have inspired you, and why?
TA: I love Coldplay because Chris Martin has great vocals. I also LOVE Sam Smith cause his voice delivers so much emotion.
MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it?
TA: When I was working on “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” I worked really hard on my breath support so I can hit the high notes. Miss Anne helped me improve so much.
MM: What advice do you wish you had at the beginning? What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
TA: To always remember to connect with the emotion of a song I’m singing. The most important part of singing is making the audience feel a new emotion, and if you don’t connect with the song then the audience wont feel it either.
MM: I heard you had a great AGT audition! Tell us about it! What did you do for your audition?
TA: The AGT auditions were really fun. Lots of crazy acts and talented artists. It was a great experience, and even if I don’t get in it was a great feeling to get to sing five songs for the executive producers.
MM: How did you feel going in? Nervous? Excited?
TA: I was just very excited and a little nervous.
MM: What was the most memorable thing about the experience?
TA: The most exciting part of the experience was when I got to sing for the show’s executive producers.
MM: How are you preparing for the next rounds of the process?
TA: Not sure I will make it to the next round. For now I just practice like always and if I get in I will sing from my heart.