Pint-sized Juneau songstress Anna Graceman was honored by the CBJ Assembly last night (Monday).
The 11-year-old singer-songwriter caught the nation’s attention earlier this year, when she made it to the semi-final round of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Mayor Bruce Botelho read from a proclamation recognizing Graceman’s many achievements.
“Anna found her musical gift at an early age, singing complete songs at 18 months, performing for audiences at the age of two, and playing the piano by the age of four,” it read. “At the advanced age of six she wrote her first song, entitled “So I Cried” – a song based on the experience of her brother being very sick when he was little.”
Graceman is performing in Denver this week, and was represented at the assembly meeting by her great-grandparents, Roy and Pat Varni. Roy Varni talked about how much Juneau has meant to Anna’s success.
“Juneau with its unparalleled beauty has provided much of the inspiration for Anna’s prolific songwriting,” he said.
Varni praised Anna’s teachers at the Juneau Montessori School for being particularly instrumental in her creative development.
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