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Alaska's got talent

Posted: June 22, 2011 - 6:58pm

On Tuesday, Juneau-based singer-songwriter Anna Graceman, 11, thrilled audiences and judges alike with her performance on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC. She sang Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” while accompanying herself on the keyboard. Soon after she began singing, she was greeted with enthusiastic shouts and calls from the audience, as well as approving glances from the judges.

When she was finished the judges weighed in, unaninmious in their approval.

“Wow! You’re amazing!” said judge Howie Mandel. “Its such a surprise that that is locked inside this beautufil little girl!”

“In terms of raw talent you’ve got amazing promise,” said Piers Morgan.

“You’re this little girl with this old soul in your voice, which is something that can’t be learned,” said Sharon Osbourne. “You either have it or you don’t. It’s an amazing gift that you have.”

Graceman now moves on to perform on the show in Las Vegas.

After she left the stage, Graceman, breaking into tears, said, “It’s really amazing to have amazing people like them tell me that I’m good too.”

Graceman, who appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show when she was 9, also composes original music.

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