Two weeks ago, 9-year old, Angelica Hale, of John’s Creek, showed off her singing talents to the world with her performance on one of the America’s Got Talent audition shows. She not only received standing ovation from the Los Angeles audience and the judges, but viewers across America were wowed by this young girl with a big voice.
But Angelica’s story eclipses what we saw on AGT.
When she was just four, her kidneys shut down, and she was on dialysis and at the mercy of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 18 months. As luck would have it, her mom was a donor match and donated her kidney to save Angelica.
Angelica and her family say they are blessed and grateful, so they are giving back.
“Angelica has been traveling and doing performances for Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” explains Angelica’s father, James. “(Since AGT), that hasn’t changed. She sang at the third home game at SunTrust Park, and she’s on the same mission even with America’s Got Talent.”
The next step for Angelica is to see whether she will make the live performance shows this summer. Until then, she all for being a typical 9-year old that is home schooled.
“I’m in fourth grade and home schooled. I go to an online homes school I sing a lot. I love to spend time with my family. They are so supportive of me and have done everything for me.”
Dad adds, “She still sees her friends. She does her vocal exercises. She’s following through on her mission to sing and inspire others and raise money for her causes.”
The one question Angelica says she’s receiving from everyone is her thought about performing before the judges and especially Simon Cowell.
“The one I was nervous about was Simon. I love Mel B., but I love all the judges, and they gave fantastic feedback.”
James said they family is staying focused while not putting additional pressure on Angelica. The show is truly a “talent competition.”
“We are so blessed and let’s see what happens. All the tough competition? It’s a very true statement. We love to watch the shows and there is unbelievable talent.”
Watch NBC on Tuesdays for America’s Got Talent.