Happy New Year! Today, guest blogger Alyssa Antoci is here to talk about her work with the Strength Behind Stars Kindness Concert. Alyssa prepared for many months for her performance at this first annual event and we’re so proud of her!
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It’s been awhile as I’ve been so busy prepping for our first annual Kindness Concert where voices unite for kindness. We held local auditions in our area for vocalists and 11 were chosen, ages 6 to 17, to sing at Strength Behind Stars first annual Kindness Concert.
We held the event at a concert/wine tasting hall called Standing Sun. We practiced for many weeks with singing coaches and on our own. I sang a very powerful song about bullying called Dare to be Different with another girl. This was my first time singing in front of an audience and I’m thrilled how it went.
I was very nervous to perform in front of my own peers but as practices went along, everybody felt more and more comfortable with each other.
By the last rehearsal, everyone was perfectly comfortable with singing in front of each other and we were all really excited for the big concert ahead. All was going well until the Thomas Fire started. People were getting sick, neighbors homes were being burned, the air was full of ash, and worst of all it was getting closer and closer. The day of the concert the sky looked like it was falling. Everything was yellow and full of ash. My mom had received so many emails asking if the concert was still going to go on. Her optimism and positive mindset lead her to believe that our concert could definitely brighten peoples’ night and moods due to what was going on. Even though this tragic fire was burning close to us, the show went on and was for sure a hit.
All the finalists sang their hearts out for our cause and we all united to stand up against bullying for not only us but for all our peers. We are now looking forward to planning our next one!
Thank you, Alyssa and we’re so glad the event was able to go on through tragedy and fire and illness. Thank you for bringing hope and change!
Alyssa Antoci is the fourteen-year-old author of an anti-bullying children’s book called The Purple Marble. She speaks regularly in schools as an anti-bullying advocate. She also has a charity called Just a Little Cloth Children’s Charity, where they donate fancy dresses to underprivileged girls, because every young girl deserves to feel beautiful. Follow her on Instagram @alyssabantoci.