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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Miley met MySpace contest winner in NY

Between her nightly Facebook perusing and trying to find something else to do, 16-year-old Gracia Harrison of Virden leisurely entered an online contest in July.
Early this year, Gracia found out she won that contest — a MySpace-sponsored chance to meet pop superstar Miley Cyrus.
“I’m not nervous to meet her, but I’m definitely nervous for the plane ride,” Gracia said before she left for New York City on March 5 to meet Cyrus.
Gracia has a little something in common with Cyrus: During the summer, Gracia sings at fairs and festivals around central Illinois and has opened for country singer Luke Bryan.
The contest was through MySpace Karaoke, a contest hosted with record companies asking contestants to cover one of three or four songs — the winner meets whomever the featured artist is for that particular contest.
To win, Gracia sang “The Climb” by Cyrus. She said she believes her entry stood out because it was just an audio recording, while most other entries were videos. (Hear it here.)
Gracia added that the way she sang it and the way her voice sounds made the song original.

“Well, I previously had already recorded ‘The Climb’ for one of my demo CDs,” Gracia said. “I just really love that song because its very inspirational, especially for a singer, because the music industry is very hard to succeed in, and it’s one of those songs that motivates you and helps you believe that you can do anything if you believe in yourself and work hard for it.”

Gracia was not always a huge fan of Miley Cyrus. But with the negative publicity that Cyrus has been getting lately, Gracia has respected the way the star holds herself together and stays strong, at least for what the public can see.

Now with “Hannah Montana,” that’s a different story. Harrison has loved and will always love the Disney Channel character.

Gracia said she hopes to get a lot out of this experience. One of her main goals is to ask Cyrus to help her get into the business.

“I’m hoping if I ask her to listen to me sing that she’ll maybe help me out a bit,” Gracia said.

Gracia will meet Cyrus sometime this month, but cannot reveal times or locations for security reasons.
Hannah Perrin is a junior at Sacred Heart-Griffin.


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