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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.

— “One day I want to try out for bigger competitions like the voice,” said Tally.

When she gets to The Voice Tally hopes she can be mentored by one of her favorite country music starts: Blake Shelton.

“I would love to work with him, he seems so willing to help a young artists so he would be who I picked if I get the chance,” said Tally.

Growing up, Tally said she has always loved country music, keeping it close to her heart.

“I’ve always loved country music, it means something to me how the songs are more true to life and have meaning to them,” said Tally. “I’m in love with music.”

For now Tally said she enjoys singing songs originally recorded by some of her favorite country music stars like Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, and Little Big Town but she said she wants to practice and start writing her own stories like the ones told through lyrics in country music songs.

“I started trying to write my own songs it’s definitely a process,” said Tally. “My friends, family and a lot about my mom, she is a single mom and it’s been just the two of us and so I write a lot about that.”

Tally has been learning from local music coaches Susan Richards and Bill Verity. The pair help the young artists with range, voice techniques, breathing and developing a stage presence.

“They teach me a whole range of things, I hope with practice and experience I’ll get the most out of it for my singing,” said Tally.

For now, the teen will return to school at AuSable Valley and hopes to have a demo of her music made in hopes of finding an agent.

“I’m going to keep looking for competition anywhere I can find it and hopefully one day it will be worth all of the work,” said Tally.

For more information about Tally or to hear clips of her past performances, go to Tally’s Facebook page titled “Latalya “Tally” Duell.

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