Memphian Nick Boddington is in Hollywood and on his way to being the next American Idol. The South sends contestants to Idol every year, who make it to the top 10. We know, American Idol knows, there is no shortage of talent in these parts.
She started at 18-months-old, singing along with Barney. Now, as a young teenager, she's singing, "Serenity's Song."
In some ways, you can never get ready for what 13-year-old Serenity Holloway is experiencing right now. She's produced by a nationally known Memphian, Johnathan Davenport. Even that didn't get her ready for what happened when the song was put on YouTube.
Her first song, about her celebrity crush on Hip-Hop star Jacob Latimore, was hit so many times on You Tube, Serenity started looking like a star herself.
"Tears. I was in tears, I was shocked," she said.
Even as she kept busy with band rehearsal and honor student class work, her song "Jacob Latimore," was being sampled far, wide and frequently on YouTube.
"I've heard horror stories, teen girls upset, someone else like their celebrity crush," Serenity said.
No worries here - 78,000 hits within a week's time. Serenity, from Horn Lake (Miss.) Middle School, was now sitting first chair on the road to social media fame.
"They love the song, they tweet about it? Tweet, Instagram, comment on YouTube, find me on Facebook, try to get him to listen. It's awesome!"
She smiles to hear her middle school classmates, some of whom are in the music video, humming the words up and down the hallway.
The teen musician fell in love with the teen heart throb at a Mindless Behavior concert. Then in a twist of fate, after the concert, ran into Latimore, of all places, at a gas station. Their eyes locked and she asked him, how can I get into the entertainment business. He actually gave her advice, and the rest, as they say, is history. He told her to promote herself, and get her music on YouTube. She did all that plus, "it would be good to have a producer, with good quality work. Good quality work," Serenity said.
Master producer Johnathan "JDAV" Davenport has worked with the top selling acts like the Bar-Kays, Raheem DeVaughn, and Trina. For Serenity, he chose not to use her musical skills playing the piano and clarinet, instead, he settled into a music producer's dream come true, a client who can really sing.
"When you hear her singing, passion in her voice; didn't believe her mom when she told me how old she was, I said, 'Yea right, let me see birth certificate,'" Davenport said.
We don't know if Latimore is aware that his advice to one of his teen fans, one night at a North Mississippi gas station in 2011, is reaping benefits already.
"No I haven't heard back from him yet, but I hope to," Serenity said.
But surely one of the Jacob's Jewels, the name for his fans, will let him know about "J-a-c-o-b" so that he won't be surprised.
FOX13 News has learned that Heal the Hood Foundation wants Serenity to perform at a fundraiser concert to help raise money for an indoor amusement park in Memphis. The star attraction will be Latimore himself. The event will be April 30.
So, "Jacob's Jewels," make sure he hears that song.
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