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Freshman wins most votes at local singing contest

Freshman Ella Unruh was the Voters’ Choice winner at the Louisville Celebration of Music contest held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts earlier this month. She will travel to Los Angeles this fall to record an episode of the show for PBS. Read more.

She performed the song “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys during the contest, which she described as a live audition. After winning the most votes, she was called back up on stage and sang “Halo” by Beyonce as her encore song. She was thrilled to be one of the two winners selected to advance to the finals in California.

“When you’ve spent your life dreaming about the possibilities and then it hits you like a ton of bricks and then you realize, ‘Wow! I won!’” she said. “It’s kind of crazy to think of the opportunity I have in front of me.”

Ella hasn’t received the final details yet but knows she will be traveling to Los Angeles to take part in the filming of one of six episodes for the PBS show Celebration of Music. She also will have the opportunity to meet producers and directors as well as record a single with musician Ethan Bortnick, who got his start at a young age and wants to offer other young singers and dancers the same chance. The show will premiere on PBS in January 2020.

In the meantime, Ella is excited to have been selected to be part of the Providence Singers and auditioned yesterday for the children’s fall show, James and the Giant Peach.

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