The 14-year-old Golden Buzzer winner of America’s Got Talent 2016, Jayna Brown, was approached by the producers of the show to take part in the auditions and try her luck once again.
Brown revealed in a recent interview that she first auditioned for the show when she was nine years old. While she showed potential, she failed to impress the judges.
She told Rolling Stones that she has been posting online covers of the most popular songs of her favorite artists since then. She said that the producers of the show reached out to her a few months before her May auditions and asked her to give her luck another try.
However, Brown was not as enthusiastic about America’s Got Talent 2016 from the start, as she had already committed to another project. “They keep calling me and finally I just decided to do it,” she said.
She also reflected on why she chose to sing Ella Fitzgerald’s hit song “Summertime” for her auditions.
“I feel like I could really convey it more since I had a personal connection with it,” Jayna Brown said. “My mom and I don’t have our own home and we’ve been staying with family and friends. Now we’re staying with my grandmother and things are looking up for us. I’m actually really happy.”
Jayna Brown had expressed a desire to be able to sing some of her own compositions, since the number of her social media followers are going bigger by the day.
She is being pitted against Grace VanderWaal, a 12-year-old Golden Buzzer winner from judge Howie Mandel for singing her original song “I Don’t Know My Name” on America’s Got Talent 2016. VanderWaal, however, doesn’t have much experience in public performances like Brown.