Sixth grade Tiger Times reporter, Josie Orr, recently interviewed Isabella Stewart, a seventh grade opera singer. Isabella sang “Mary Did You Know” at chapel on the morning of December 16, 2016, the last day of school before Christmas break.
JO: When did you start singing?
Isabella: I started singing when I was three.
JO: What do you enjoy most about singing?
Isabella: I like everything about singing. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing. I mostly like singing for my church.
JO: What are your favorite songs to sing?
Isabella: At the moment I like to sing, Think of Me and All I ask of You from Phantom of the Opera.
JO: Do you work with a singing teacher?
Isabella: Last year I worked with Ms. Etheridge but right now I am self-taught.
JO: Are you ever afraid to sing in front of a big crowd?
Isabella: Definitely. Every time I sing in front of a big crowd, I am nervous.
JO: How do you overcome your fear?
Isabella: I just do it, I sing even though I am scared.
JO: What do you feel like when you sing your best?
Isabella: I feel like I am alone when I am singing. I am usually thinking about whether I’m singing well, but after I finish singing when people say, “you were really good,” and other things like that, it boosts my confidence.
JO: Are you interested in becoming a singer when you are older?
JO: Do you have any role models or other singers that you look up to?
Isabella: Not really, but my friend, Sophia, is in the Broadway musical, Matilda, and sometimes she gives me tips on singing and we help each other.
JO: Do you play an instrument?
Isabella: I used to play the ukulele, piano, violin, drums, harmonica and recorder. Right now I don’t play an instrument.
JO: What is your favorite music to listen to?
Isabella: Pop songs and songs that have meaning.
JO: Do you have any advice for girls looking to become singers?
Isabella: Just go for it. If you have stage fright and you’re nervous, the best thing to do is just go for it. Don’t let anyone put you down.
JO: Thank you, Isabella!
Isabella: Thank you!