As most of you know I hail from Beverly, MA, a small city just 17 miles north of Boston. I have chosen to remain silent with my postings out of respect to those who have suffered from the terrorism that ensued last week at the Boston Marathon. It has been a tough week on the country and on Massachusetts, but one thing couldn’t be truer; I am proud to be a Bostonian and we are #BostonStrong.
As Angie Miller rises to fame; individuals have been reaching out to me to share their personal Angie stories. I guess they believe I am an Angie evangelist. To be honest, I am not a huge American Idol fan; I stopped watching after Fantasia won in season three. The reason I started watching again was because of Angie. In the very beginning, before the auditions even aired, there was a small blurb in our local newspaper stating she auditioned for the show. I looked her up and was fascinated that this talent was pretty much in my backyard.
I knew then she had star power and was going far in the competition.
In January I was at the local mall with my cousin and Angie and her mother walked past us and went into Starbucks. I was awestruck! This was the closest brush I have ever had with fame. We waited for her to come out and asked to take a picture. At that moment I was blown away by this young girl’s presence. I am 10 years older than Angie, but she was so humble, down to earth, sweet and genuine – I was hooked. As Angie moved up through the American Idol ranks – auditions, top 40, top 10, top 5, and now top 4, I have been there cheering her along every week.
As mentioned I have become the Angie expert amongst my friends. They tweet, text, post, message and send emails to me about her latest performance. Because of this outreach, this week I am very excited to share a glimpse of Angie’s background and why she has what it takes to be an idol.
I am truly honored to share these stories that have been shared with me.
A friend of mine, John is ramping up his photography business, he is extremely talented. Check out his work here. He was at a local coffee shop that Angie’s family frequents and was hanging some of his work. A man came up and was asking about the pricing, the images, the business, etc. John explained and told this man about his crowdsourcing campaign, to help him buy equipment and open up a shop in downtown Salem. The conversation continued and John found out he was talking to Guy Miller, Angie’s father. They briefly talked about Angie and American Idol. They exchanged contact information and are in the talks to build up the Salem art scene. Later that day, John logged onto his campaign and saw one of the larger donations was made by Guy Miller.
The second story I have is from a friend of a friend. A personal story shared on Facebook. I chose to copy and paste. Nancy wrote:
“4/29/2012 I was in a car accident with my daughter. I had just picked her up at Beverly High School from a 4 day music trip to Philadelphia. On our way home, we were hit. HARD! Air bags deployed, both cars totaled, broken bones etc. I knew that I was hurt. I didn’t know if my daughter had even survived. It was 9:45 p.m. No street lights in this area. The only light – were the sparks from the car. I have never felt more pain in my life. The other driver was a college student. She was also hurt and scared. Quite the scene! Angie Miller and her mom along with another mom and daughter stopped to help us. Mrs. Miller stayed with me, Angie with my daughter. The next day, I asked my daughter their names. She said, “You know her – the girl with the beautiful voice”. Angie didn’t know me – but it didn’t matter to her. She stuck by my family when we needed someone. I will stick by her and get as many votes for her as I can. So please vote!”
I ended up following up with Nancy and she further explained that the impact of this accident was so intense that the visor flew off and cut her daughter on the side of the face, resulting in stitches. Both cars were totaled; Nancy was in a state of shock. Angie’s mother, Tana, and the other mother stayed by her side and did everything they could to help. Angie and the other girl stayed by the daughter’s side. The mothers even took all the belongings out of the totaled car and delivered it to Nancy’s house. When she got home later that night from the hospital it was on the doorstep. Furthermore, a few days later Angie and the other girl found Nancy’s daughter at school and checked in on her to see if everything was okay.
Both Guy and Tana went out of their way to support and help complete strangers. These are the two people who have raised Angie and deserve credit for laying the humble beginnings in this star’s rise to fame.
So when you see Angie sing, when you hear what she has to say, when you see that she is humbled by the experience and blown away by feedback and support from the judges – it isn’t an act. This is who she is and where she comes from.
As stated I am 10 years older than Angie. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson were the pop stars of my time and they walked around in scandalous clothing as they “found their own” in the music world. Although the images have shifted and curvier women are welcomed (aka the Kardashians) real role models are still lacking. This is where Angie comes in; Angie Miller is that idol that the music scene needs.
I have said this before – Angie is the complete package: looks, talent, aspiration, etc. But she also has the personality of an idol – nurturing, caring and down to earth. For this reason, I cannot wait to watch her as she comes into her own, with an American Idol title or not. She is a star.