A Rising Star
Hamilton has been
singing her way to local fame
has been performing
on TV stations in Louisville
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(January 2013) Even before she began to sing,
viewers of the Louisville morning show on WHAS-TV, Great Day Live,
could tell that Whitney Hamilton brought a special magic into the studio.
Her caring personality shone through as Hamilton briefly discussed her
work at Camp Atterbury, where she helps demote soldiers.
That means they come home from war, and I get to send them home
to their family, explains Hamilton, 24.
As anchors Laura Rogers and Rachel Platt chatted with the Hanover, Ind.,
singer before her performance, they were struck by the quality of her
speaking voice, You have this sultry voice just in talking. Its
soulful, noted Rogers.
Add in the singers sparkling red heels which would have looked
right at home in The Wizard of Oz, and the audience could
sense that they were about to be introduced to a very special talent.
says her grandmothers
letter led to her
Great Day Live.
On Nov. 16, Hamilton appeared on Great Day Live
and sang the popular country hits Baggage Claim and Pontoon
with Wayne Deaton on guitar. Her performance proved so successful that
she appeared on the show again on Dec. 4 by request. Hamilton and Deaton
were joined by David Campbell II and performed the country classic Harper
Valley PTA by request and, in honor of the holiday season, they
sang Ill be Home for Christmas.
WHAS-TV anchor Platt introduced Hamiltons Dec. 4 performance by
saying, We think shes the perfect combination sweet,
sassy and southern southern Indiana that is!
Hamilton says that she has a crazy supportive family and
points out that her grandmothers efforts are what lead to her
My grandmother actually wrote a letter and mailed it to them.
Unfortunately, she had the wrong address the first time, so the letter
was returned. Though she briefly wondered if the producers even paid
attention to physical letters anymore, Hamiltons grandmother soon
found the correct address and tried again. This time the letter made
it safely to its destination and drew the attention of producer Holly
Rudolph. After researching the singer online, it was agreed that Hamilton
was indeed the sort of untapped talent that Great
Day Live wished to showcase.
While Hamilton says that I love to entertain. I like to be out
front, she also sees music as a way to connect to other people.
I want to make a difference, she says seriously. I
want it to be a healing thing.
Hamilton said she believes in the power of music to influence peoples
lives. We hope were touching them so well be able
to hear their stories.
Hamilton credits The Reverend Vickie Perkins as being the one who first
got her singing when she was about 11 years old. Perkins, who served
as Hamiltons minister for almost 15 years at Hanover United Methodist
Church, says that Whitney had this unbelievably husky voice, even
when she was a little girl. When she got up on stage, people would pay
When she was young, her unique voice made it a bit difficult for her
to blend in to a choir, and Perkins recalls that, She would always
However, Perkins found a simple solution to that delightful problem.
I worked with her with a lot of solos!
Perkins own sister is a country music singer, so she was able
to offer her young parishioner a unique perspective on what that sort
of job actually involves and what it takes to be successful in that
industry. Perkins wanted to help the young Hamilton understand that
God had a purpose in giving her this voice. I guess what I did
was I believed in her.
Perkins also believes that there is more to Hamiltons effectiveness
as a singer than simply having a beautiful voice. She really loves
people, Perkins explains.
She added that as a child, Hamilton was never afraid to get up and sing
in front of a large crowd and that even as her talent grew, she would
still make the time to sing for tiny gatherings of just a few people.
The minister reflects that there was this real soulful meaning
to her music even at that young age.
She added, I truly believe Whitney has an extremely strong faith,
a strong relationship with Christ.
You dont get too many Whitneys in your church. Im
just thrilled that shes doing this, she says.
Perkins watched Hamiltons performance on WHAS-TV and describes
her singing as powerful.
Hamilton said she is thankful for the opportunities that her recent
appearances have been opening for her, saying Weve had invite
after invite. Its such a blessing, so humbling to be able to start
Hamilton hopes to someday make it big in music. I want to have
a hit song. I want to live my dreams.
And for those who hear Hamiltons powerful voice, it is easy to
imagine that a few clicks of her ruby slippers could someday transport
her to the Nashville stage.
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