Devon Stamey’s 90 seconds

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At just six years old, Devon Stamey, 7th grade, held a ukulele for the first time. She fell in love with its sound. Coming from a musically-inclined family, she started singing. She learned to play the guitar, inspired by her dad. With a passion for music and talent in her corner, she sought out to showcase her ability. 

There was no one specific reason for Devon’s next decision, no “final sign,” or sudden urge. The idea was present in her mind for over a year before she decided to bite the bullet. She packed up, filled out a few papers, and headed down to Tampa, Florida. On December 10, 2018, Devon auditioned for the TV show America’s Got Talent. Checking into the venue, her name was replaced by a number waiting to be called. It was an all-day commitment. She waited four long hours in the “holding room,” for her audition. The holding room is full of contestants anxious for an audition room to become available. Each participant is given 90 seconds to perform, if they go even a second over the given time, they’re cut off. 

Devon played guitar and sang “Girl,” by City and Color. The song holds sentimental value to Devon and her family.  Devon’s parents played it for her and her brother when they were younger. She says, “I grew an attachment to the lyrics. They have a very meaningful tone.” She performed in front of about 20 other “really talented,” contestants. Her audition was judged by the producer of the show. She’d performed in front of others before, so she was more excited than nervous.  

Her audition wasn’t taped this go-round. If Devon makes it, she’ll travel to Los Angeles, California and sing in front of the celebrity judges live on television. Her family and friends that stay behind will be rooting her on from Gulf Breeze!

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