MARQUETTE - It has been said, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
Alexis Matson, 14, of Munising recently shot for the moon when she auditioned for "America's Got Talent." Although she didn't make it on the show, she will be landing among many stars at the end of the month at the world's largest music festival: Summerfest.
Alexis Matson, 14, auditioned for the popular show on Jan. 27 in Chicago.
Alexis Matson, right, waits with her dad, Charles Matson, for the audition to begin for the “America’s Got Talent” show. Although Alexis Matson did not make it on the show, she will perform at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest, in Milwaukee at the end of this month. (Photo courtesy of Alexis Matson)
Alexis Matson shows off her audition number at the “America’s Got Talent” auditions in Chicago, Ill. in January. Matson joined thousands of people from across the country who tried out for the show. (Photo courtesy of Alexis Matson)
"It was really run. Even though I didn't make it, it was an amazing experience," Alexis Matson said.
She performed "Skinny Love," by Birdy. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people were there and were divided into groups based on the genre of their talent, such as comedians, music and animal acts.
"When you were in the holding room with all of the thousands of contestants, the air was electric," said Charles Matson, Alexis Matson's father.
Although she was somewhat disappointed when she did not get a call back, Alexis Matson said it was well worth the experience.
"I learned a lot from this. You should always go for your dreams," she said. "Even if it doesn't turn out the way you wanted, it's not a reason to give up."
It's this positive attitude that has led Alexis Matson to her next gig: Summerfest. After playing at Foggy's Steakhouse in Christmas, a friend of the family mentioned to the Matsons that he knew someone that helps coordinate the music festival held in Milwaukee, Wis.
"He told the man about her YouTube videos and he watched them and then said he would love to have her perform," Charles Matson said.
Alexis Matson said she was in disbelief when she received the news.
"My dad was telling me and I just stared at him and then I said, 'stop lying to me,' then I realized he was serious and I was so excited!"
Summerfest encompasses 11 days, 11 stages, more than 800 acts and more than 1,000 performances. Alexis Matson will perform her full one-hour set from noon to 1 p.m. CDT and from 9 to 10 p.m. CDT June 26-28 and from noon to 1 p.m. CDT June 29 on the Tiki Hut Stage.
She said while she isn't nervous yet, she expects the nerves to settle in once she arrives in Milwaukee, but she won't let that stop her.
"I want to inspire people with my music and I'm hoping to get more exposure and gain a larger audience through this experience."
Her dad concurred and added, "This is a culmination of all of Alexis's hard work. Even when she was disappointed about not making it on the show, I told her she needed to believe in herself... this (summerfest) proves that she has the talent to bring it to the next level. It's a very exciting time."
Both Alexis and Charles Matson said they are extremely grateful to all of their family, friends and fans of Alexis who have shown support throughout this journey.
"Thank you for believing in me... and remember to come down and enjoy Summerfest!" Alexis Matson concluded.
To learn more about Summerfest, visit www.summerfest.com.
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