A Magical Mentoring Moment — Ayla Brown and Young Carly Connor
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting adorable 7 year old Carly Connor and her family in Massachusetts while I was performing at the Boston Pops. She asked me “what advice would you give to me so that I could become like you?” I had to brace myself when this lovable, huggable, cuddly little girl asked me such a serious question – she told me she was a singer.
I started a mentoring organization called Over My Shoulder Foundation with Dawn Carroll and Dawn asked Carly if she would be willing to research and interview Ayla Brown (from American Idol Season 5) about mentoring. Carly agreed, Ayla also agreed and the other night they chatted away about being a role model – “mentoring” – basketball and singing.
Magnificent Carly asked Ayla to sing a song with her and guess what happened! Check out this video of the two singing in front of 2000 people – who cheered them on and demanded that they both sign autographs all night long! – Patti Austin