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Local Teen begins singing career with two 'Idol' wins

Tally Duell performs at the Essex County Fair.

Tally Duell performs at the Essex County Fair. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Singing has become the focus of 14-year-old Latalya “Tally” Duel’s dreams.

“I always dreamed I would be famous one day,” Tally said.

Tally got a taste of stardom this summer opening for two big acts, Lori Morgan and Chris Higbee, by winning local “Idol” competitions.

“I never thought I would be opening for Lori Morgan at 14, hopefully my dreams keep coming true like they’ve started to,” she said.

After winning the Mayor’s Cup Idol in Plattsburgh, Tally opened for famous country music star Morgan at the Clinton County Fair in July. Later in the summer she continued to win over judges at the Essex County Fair where she won the Idol competition there and got the opportunity to open for Higbee.

Tally said she always loved singing but only began training a year ago.

“I’ve always liked to sing, I felt I might as well get out there and try to make it somewhere,” Tally said.

She decided to move from school performances to working with professional coaching.

“She works with two singing coaches and she’s singing in local concerts and competitions, it’s really taken off,” said Tally’s mom Christy Duel.

Tally said her first large performance in front of a large crowd was scary.

“It was an amazing experience, opening for Lori Morgan, when I was backstage I was kind of in a state of shock before I went out,” said Tally. “The audience looked big, I’d never performed in front of an audience that size. It was really nerve racking until I got out there.”

Though she was nervous, Tally said once she started singing and got out on stage it was a great feeling.

“It really helped me for my next performance when I opened for Chris Higbee,” said Tally.

After winning two Idol competitions, Tally wants to keep going and get her musical talents out there.

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