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Atlanta Resident Alicia Grugett Named a Contender in Global Singing Talent Search
Avon Voices Voting Begins Soon!
Help Make Dreams Come True for Your Hometown’s Singing Sensation
ATLANTA, G., (April 21, 2011) – Local Atlanta resident and Avon Representative, Alicia Grugett, has been named a Round 1 Contender in Avon Voices, Avon's first-ever global singing talent search. Alicia was selected as one of the more than 175 global Contenders, from over 50 countries, who have just completed professional recording sessions in either Nashville, Paris, Hong Kong or Rio, with performance videos available for voting at AvonVoices.com starting April 22. Ultimately, the public vote and the vote of the celebrity judging panel will determine two women – one an Avon Representative – who will receive an opportunity to record a professionally-produced album.
Atlanta residents can participate in Avon Voices and help Alicia advance to the next round by logging on to AvonVoices.com. Registration is open now and voting begins on April 22nd.
A professional singer before getting married and having children, Alicia entered the talent search after suddenly having the urge to sing for the first time in over 20 years. For Alicia, singing is pure joy and knows her deceased father, in some way, led her to this talent search and is looking over her.
After announcing first round Contenders, “I was convinced my father was smiling down on me,” Alicia said. “Sharing these thoughts and feelings with an audience, is in a way, a giving of yourself and of your love to others, and makes me feel happy and fulfilled.”
The panel of music luminaries making up the celebrity judging panel include: Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter; Lea Salonga, Filipina singer and actress; Valeriya, Russian sensation; Delta Goodrem, Australian Artist of the Decade; Sheila E., breakthrough, Grammy-nominated female percussionist; David Pack, Grammy award-winning singer/composer and music producer; Diego Torres, Grammy nominated singer/composer; Ivete Sangalo, Brazil’s biggest pop star; and Maia, Colombian singing star.
Up to 100 Contenders will advance to the next round and up to 25 Semi-Finalists will be selected in Round Three. The program will culminate later in the Fall, when up to 10 Finalists will compete for the coveted final two winning spots.
For information on all the additional Round 1 Contenders, please visit http://www.avonvoices.com.
Launched in celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary, Avon Voices has attracted over one million visitors from 190 countries to the AvonVoices.com community. The Contenders were selected from a group of more than 6,000 from 62 countries who began submitting videos in December.
Alicia Grugett, coloratura soprano, was born in Havana, Cuba. Her family came to the United States when she was very young, to escape a communist regime, and she is happy to be an American citizen. She began voice lessons at the age of 15, and at 16 years of age, sang the part of "Amahl" in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Creative Opera of Miami, which was also televised throughout the Southeastern United States. The Miami Herald critic, James Roos, wrote of her performance: "Alicia was that rare thing in the Menotti world. An Amahl who could sing and act." She continued to sing in various musicals during her high school years and graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance with a 4.0 GPA from the University of Michigan, both on scholarship.
Ms. Grugett has sung with the Miami Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera apprentice program, the New Jersey State Opera, the Capital City Opera (Atlanta), the Allentown Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony and has won numerous vocal competitions.
Believing that she could not provide her children with a stable and loving home environment, and meet the demands of a music career, Alicia left music to be a dedicated wife and stay-at-home mother. It is only recently that her desire to sing has been rekindled. Her father's recent death, had a tremendous impact on her. He had been her greatest fan, and was always a source of encouragement regarding her musical abilties. With her children getting ready for college, she is now ready to return to her first love, "singing", as a way to honor her deceased father and sweet mother.
Her debut CD "Alicia Grugett with love" is in the new classical crossover genre, and contains love songs in Italian, English, Spanish and French. She has also just released a Mini CD entitled "Alicia Grugett-The Prayer" which contains two tracks of popular classical crossover songs, made famous by Andrea Bocelli:
The Prayer, and Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro').
Alicia enjoys singing opera, and feels equally at home with musical theater, and the new classical pop style, similar to Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and Sarah Brightman. Her singing is full of emotion, and she conveys to her audiences the essence of the lyrics through her innate musicality and interpretive flair.
For Alicia, there is no greater privilege or honor, than to share her tremendous JOY, PASSION and LOVE of music with everyone.
Bethlehem Musikfest, Pennsylvania Synfonia Orchestra
..."The highlight of the afternoon was the performance given by coloratura soprano, Alicia Grugett, whose rendering of the concert aria "Mia Speranza Adorata" (K.416) was absolutely wonderful. Her clear, light, flexible soprano and telling familiarity with every nuance of the piece resulted in a performance given with passion, dramatic interest and intense feeling. Grugett is gifted with the ability to sell a song, so to speak, and will surely gain a wider audience if she continues to offer such stirring musicianship."
- Judith Wyatt, The Morning Call, Pennsylvania
The Impresario, Capital City Opera, Atlanta, GA
..."Alicia Grugett, as the veteran Madame Heartmelt, displayed her own virtues, comically switching from a daffy Brooklyn speaking accent to robust Italianate singing —- a charmer!"
-Pierre Ruhe, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia