Lanie Goodwin is a student at Claremont's New England Classical Academy
CLAREMONT — How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice ... and a good mom who finds you an amazing opportunity!
Not many students get the chance to sing onstage with their favorite vocalist, but for one lucky and talented young seventh grader, Lanie Goodwin will spend this weekend singing with Lauren Daigle's True North Choir at Carnegie Hall. 2019 Grammy award nominee Daigle is a contemporary Christian music artist who has won numerous musical awards and is gaining popularity on the pop scene.
Theresa Norman, Lanie’s mother, heard about the opportunity to be part of Daigle’s True North Choir in New York City on Jan. 26. She knew that this was the perfect opportunity for her daughter. She sent in a video of her daughter singing and asked if she could be considered.
Goodwin has been singing since she was two, and she won Southern Vermont Youth Idol two years ago at age 11, singing “Here” by Alessia Cara, “Little Toy Guns” by Carrie Underwood and “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perry. Her vocal style is a mix of rhythm, pop, and folk. “I’m constantly learning songs from the radio, but also from other people who share music with me” Goodwin said. One such person was Elizabeth Wilber, Goodwin’s headmistress at New England Classical Academy (NECA.) “She [Miss Wilber] shared the song 'Trust In You,' with me,” said Goodwin. “and I decided to learn it and surprise her with it at our monthly Declamations.” Each month, the NECA student body gather to share what they are learning in class, and students are encouraged to share poetry recitations, special presentations and songs. “Miss Wilber was so happy that I sang this for her. It’s a very moving song and it said a lot of things that I was feeling.” Her solo performance impressed her classmates as well. Fellow seventh-grader Ella Cottrill said “When she sang, I could feel her energy go right through me.” Besides singing in school, Goodwin participates in open mic nights such as Acworth’s Coffeehouse, Mole Hill Theater in Alstead and anywhere else she can share her gifts. “Lane has a unique ability to connect with a song, and bring that connection to her listeners, “ said her mom.
When she heard they had accepted her into the mainly adult choir, Goodwin was ecstatic. “Lauren Daigle is my favorite artist; I love her words, the notes, the way she sings. I listen to her in the car when I’m coming to school, when I’m at school, any chance I get. I’m a little nervous … I mean, she’s pretty much one of the biggest singers on the radio right now and it’s Carnegie Hall, a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Goodwin said.
In New York, Goodwin has been rehearsing for two days in preparation for the two and a half hour long concert. The choir was sent fifteen songs in the fall to prepare in advance, and Goodwin has been rehearsing on her own around her school schedule, rehearsals for drama club and chores. Both she and her parents, Theresa (who teaches third and fourth grade at NECA) and David Goodwin, will be heading to New York this week to get ready for the weekend concert. NECA’s school community are excited for her as well, and looking forward to hearing about this remarkable experience when she returns. “It’s been a busy week as we started National School Choice celebrations, which I run, and trying to submit grades, but we’re ready to go. This is a fantastic chance for her and I’m so excited to see her up on the stage at Carnegie Hall!” says Norman.
Following the concert, the choir will get to enjoy a Celebration Dinner Cruise on the Hudson River with the singer. What’s after that for Goodwin? “More singing. I just want to have a nice little career singing,” said Goodwin.