With a sensational and soulful voice rivaling some of the biggest female performers in the music industry, 12-year old Mara Justine is firmly on track to recording superstar status. Mara has been singing with her family, including four siblings — who are also her biggest supporters — for as long as she can recall. With a deep commitment to family, Mara Justine (Mara Justine Platt) often dedicates her performances to her late grandmother. She has expressed that her grandmother was a wonderful inspiration who was incredibly proud of Mara’s accomplishments and vocal talent.
Mara Justine’s career launched in a spectacular way in 2014. As an 11-year old contestant on NBC’s 9th season of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Mara put her heart and soul into every performance, and successfully sung her way into a coveted spot in the season’s top 10. One of her early performances was a captivating version of Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 hit, ‘Breakaway.’
As a season 9 contestant on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Mara Justine also performed Jennifer Hudson’s ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ to a rousing standing ovation. She now performs her compelling rendition of the hit song (originally sung by Jennifer Holliday in 1982’s Broadway musical ‘Dreamgirls’) to audiences everywhere.
Mara Justine’s powerful and deeply emotional cover of Pink’s ‘Pretty’ was her final performance on the show. While unexpected technical and audio problems may have played a part in her exit, Mara’s rendition of Pink’s blockbuster hit ‘brought down the house’ and garnered a standing ovation from judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, ‘Spice Girl’ Mel B, and Howie Mandel.
Prior to her national debut on ‘America’s Got Talent’, a 9-year old Mara Justine competed on the local television show ‘Maury’s Most Talented Kids.’ Now, this 12-year old singing sensation is just beginning what appears to be a very long and promising career in the music industry. Mara has embarked on her singing career by performing at numerous events in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. Her powerful, soulful voice and resounding stage presence consistently astonishes audiences, and she is garnering a tremendous and rapidly expanding fan base.
For the past several years, Mara Justine has been receiving vocal lessons and training from Sal Dupree of the Dupree Center for the Performing Arts. As an accomplished entertainer, performer and voice instructor for over 45 years, Sal has coached and encouraged this gifted young singer in refining her intrinsic vocal talent. Mara Justine continues her training with Sal Dupree today.
On a philanthropic level, Mara Justine has developed special passion for the ongoing struggles associated with families and persons coping with the debilitating effects of autism. Mara is a big advocate and supporter of the annual Elephants for Autism Indie Music Festival held each year in early August at The Boneyard in Atlantic City. Proceeds from the festival go toward free music lessons to children with special needs/autism, and the purchase of musical instruments for The Archway School. Read more about Autism detection and treatment options here.
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