by Winston Chua
San Marino’s very own Chelsea Chiu will be taking her talents to Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel in early February, hoping to advance deep into the competition of America’s Got Talent.
“When I am singing, I feel like I can do anything,” said Chelsea, who started singing in Richard Seymour’s choir when she was in kindergarten.
“Chelsea is by nature a very shy child and I saw singing as an outlet for her to express herself,” said Cecile Chiu, Chelsea’s mom, who also used to sing when she was younger. “But then we realized Chelsea could really sing!”
In kindergarten, Chelsea was so shy that she was unable to perform before her other twenty-four classmates without her teacher standing next to her. Singing has been a transformative experience for Chelsea, who now exhibits great confidence on stage in spite of her more reserved nature.
Today, Cecile tells The Tribune that her daughter isn’t nervous before large crowds but in fact gets quite excited. She has since performed before audiences with more than 500 people for Alhambra’s First Friday events and at Valentine’s Fall Fair, where she sang ‘Defying Gravity’’ from the musical Wicked.
Chelsea trains privately at Poprock Academy in Alhambra. Her favorite singers include Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé. She hasn’t seen much of America’s Got Talent herself but is familiar with both The Voice and American Idol.
Chelsea, a third-grade student at Valentine Elementary School, will audition for the talent show on February 8 in front of show producers who will determine if she will move on and sing for celebrity judges.
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