MARQUETTE - While watching old auditions from the popular show "America's Got Talent," Alexis Matson made a big decision.
"I thought, 'If they can do it, I can too.'" This first step has led her on a path to the January auditions of America's Got Talent and a chance to further her passion for music.
Matson, a freshman at Munising High School, has always been interested in the arts. According to her, her love of music took off at age 11, when she learned to play guitar in music class. Soon after, her father bought her a guitar and she has been playing ever since.
Alexis Matson is seen during a recent performance. Alexis and her father, Charles Matson, will travel to Chicago, Ill. Jan. 25 to audition for America’s Got Talent. (Photo courtesy of Alexis Matson)
In addition to singing and guitar, Matson plays flute and bass clarinet in the school band and also participates in choir. She has even composed some of her own music.
When asked how the idea was hatched to audition for America's Got Talent, Matson said she had always wanted to audition.
"I really wanted to in the past, but I never had the guts."
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When she decided it was something she truly wanted, she told her dad, Charles Matson, who started making calls and setting the wheels in motion.
"It's a really big step for a girl who has a dream," Charles Matson said. "And it's the best learning experience no matter how far she gets."
Since the idea initially began, Charles Matson said they have been in contact with several media outlets and have booked a couple of gigs to help raise money for their trip. Alexis and Charles Matson will travel to Chicago on Jan. 25. Auditions are held Jan. 26 and 27 and results are relayed within a few days.
When asked what she will perform, Alexis Matson laughed and said,
"It's a secret. None of my friends even know, just my dad."
She said she is both excited and nervous, mostly about singing in front of the panel of judges.
Her father said the support has been overwhelmingly positive.
"From the media right down to the local person on the street, they are all behind us 100 percent," Charles Matson said. "And you can rest assured, Alexis will work hard and put her heart and soul into this audition."
Whether she passes the audition or not, Alexis Matson said she will never give up and plans to keep performing. As she continues to prepare and count down the days to her big audition, she said she has many words of encouragement to young musicians such as herself.
"Go for it," she said. "The worst thing you can do is not try at all, because then you will never know if you had a shot.. Never give up on your dreams."
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