As I grew I continued to explore musicals and contemporary music. When I was 13 I was introduced to classical music and auditioned for Juilliard Pre-College. Now in a completely new genre I tried to grasp the differences and I wanted to learn from someone who was a crossover artist. This is how I happened upon Audra McDonald. I became so interested in her career and I would continuously listen to the musicals she performed. She is still my idol. I still remember the day my mom called me in the middle of the day and told me I was finally seeing her live. Going to her concert was a life changing experience. I went through a full range of emotions that night. This song, “I’ll be Here”, grabbed my full attention and by the end I was in tears. I had never experienced one person being able to take you through an entire journey within a few minutes. This has to be my favorite song she sings.
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