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The show is almost at its climax. The lights are low, but the energy in the auditorium is at an all time high.The crowd is excited, and everyone on stage is feeding off the crowd's energy tonight. I’m backstage, hearing the cheering of the crowd and the band playing the beginning of my song— Lauryn Hill’s Ex- Factor. My heartbeat rises as my adrenaline kicks in, and I’m waiting to hear my cue. My friends back stage are trying to calm me down seeing that I was nervous, but couldn’t get through to me. Not because I didn’t want to listen, but because I couldn’t hear them. I was too focused on wanting this performance to be the best it could be than hear their words. That’s when I hear my first cue. I walk into the opening of the curtains and the crowd instantly reacts. Cheers and screams of my name fill the scene, and instantly those butterflies go away and I’m filled with something else. Something that makes me feel warm and safe like I just made it in the house from a Cleveland snow storm. My second cue starts and I start the classic R&B song: “It could all be so simple..” the crowd gets louder, and I feel weightless with the microphone in my hand. The energy from the audience is transferring to me. The song is almost over and I feel at an all time high. All of the hard work and dedication my friends and I put into making this scene and the show a success is now paying off. In this moment, I found where I was meant to be— on stage. Growing up I was always an energetic child, always looking for something to do. Even being like that, I could never find something to satisfy my thirst for creativity until I found music. When I was eight my Mom put me in our church’s junior gospel choir. Every Saturday at 12 o'clock I would practice with all of the kids in my Sunday school, and from the first day I fell in love, and I couldn’t wait to go back. From there, it moved to my school’s choir, and from there I auditioned for Vocal Ensemble, and my school’s show choir. Not only did I find my love for music I found my love for performing and making my own music well. I believe with all my heart that I have found what I was put on this Earth to do. Without music, I don’t know what I would be. Music has wrapped itself around me like vines and is never letting go because I am not myself without music anymore. Music is me.

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