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Music Center Spotlight Grand Prize Finalist, Bella Porter, is a star in the making.
Bella Porter recently competed against other Grand Prize Finalists in the Music Center Spotlight Awards competition, which was the last leg of the competition. At the event Bella sang, “Up to the Mountain,” by Patty Griffin. After the competition, she was officially honored as a Grand Prize Finalist in the category of non-classical voice.
In September 2013, more than 2,300 students applied to the Spotlight program’s 16 Grand Prize Finalist spots, which include the top two students in each category. The competition on April 26 honored the top students in each art form with various scholarship prizes.
Every year, The Music Center’s Spotlight program recognizes Southern California high school students in the performing and visual arts and aims to help these students develop the skills they need to pursue their artistic desires. Overall, 21 Crossroads students, including Bella, have won Spotlight Awards.
Bella has studied non-classical, pop, blues and jazz vocal techniques since the age of 9. Her passion for music has also extended past her studies. In 2011, she co-created the nonprofit organization Teens United Live with fellow Crossroads students Sol Fagenson, Taylor Mackall and Alec Singer. Teens United Live organizes annual concerts performed by students from private schools throughout Los Angeles to raise money for inner-city music school programs.