14-year-old Katie Flemming of Western New York, a homeschooler and national recording artist, has experience beyond her years with a voice to match. A performing vocalist since age 4, Katie also plays piano and guitar. As a nationally renowned National Anthem singer, Katie has performed across the country in front of over 100,000 people. As a recording artist, she has released 13 singles, with a full length debut album scheduled to be released in April 2015. A talented dancer, Katie has studied tap, jazz and ballet for over 12 yrs.
Katie has performed in several theater productions such as The Nutcracker Ballet. Katie is an 8th grade National Junior Honor Society student who recently won two National Awards: the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and The American Citizenship Award. Katie was selected by WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Western New York, as one of the “Great Kids in WNY.” She has been featured on television, radio, in print, in several music videos and several commercials. In her spare time Katie enjoys dancing, swimming, playing piano and guitar and, spending time with her friends and family.
“I’m Katie Flemming – This is Me”
My name is Katie Flemming. I’m from Williamsville, New York, and I turned 14 years old on March 2. I am an 8th grade student who is homeschooled and I love it! Did you know that there are many very famous homeschoolers? For example: President Franklin Roosevelt, President Woodrow Wilson, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, the poet Robert Frost and the amazing musician Wolfgang Mozart. Homeschooling allows me to spend more time working on my music and trying new things.
I started singing in public when I was 4 years old and at age 10, I sang the National Anthem in front of 25,000 people. My first song, “Never Be The Same,” was released on ITunes when I was 11. I have performed in front of over 100,000 people over the last several years, met the President, sang at the US Capitol and been in several music videos. I am very fortunate and I try to give back whenever I can. I also love to volunteer and usually do that for over 100 hours per year. The favorite charities I love to work with are the US Sled Hockey Foundation and Wounded Warriors. My hobbies include: singing, ballet, swimming, piano, guitar, and spending time with my family and friends. I also like to try new things and recently took figure skating lessons and learned how to ride a horse.
In the past, I used to worry about what other kids thought about me, and was bullied in elementary and middle school. But, that is the past and now I am taking charge of my future. With God’s help, I have learned to Stand Tall, which is also the name of my first full music album. It will be available on iTunes April 15th.
Stand Tall is really the story about me; my friends, my family, my hobbies, my dreams. I hope that it will inspire you to Stand Tall and Be You. Did you know that Dr. Seuss was born on my birthday? Well, I guess I was born on his. One of his famous quotes is: “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places, you’re off and away. You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what you know, and you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
Recording artist Britt Nicole wrote a song called “Gold” which really inspired me to stand tall and be myself. Part of the lyrics that inspired me are:
“So don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not loved
And don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not enough
Yeah there are days that we all feel like we’re messed up
But the truth is that we’re all diamonds in the rough
So don’t be ashamed to wear your crown
You’re a king you’re a queen inside and out
You glow like the moon, you shine like the stars
This is for you, wherever you are
This, this is for all the girls
Boys all over the world
Whatever you’ve been told
You’re worth more than gold”
One of the fun things I was able to do this year is attend the KLove Fan Awards Show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, where I had a chance to meet and talk with Britt Nicole. She told be to keep doing what I love and to be me.
My mom is my best friend, and she also inspires me to reach for my dreams no matter what they are. She encourages me to try new things and even if I fail, to just get up and try again. My mom’s favorite quote to me is: “If you step up to the plate, you might as well make it a home run.” What she means is, who cares if you try something and fail like playing baseball and striking out, just brush yourself off and try again and again. We believe that each person has a special purpose and gift from God. Homeschoolers can really make a difference in this world by using our time wisely, figuring out what our gifts are, and using those gifts to make a difference in our world.
I have an exciting announcement regarding my new album and Stand Tall Contest. You could be eligible to win some free CD’s, autographed posters, tee-shirts, etc. and a Grand Prize. Watch for the
April May Edition of Homeschooling Kids Magazine to get all the details. [In 2012, Katie was a Homeschooling Kids Magazine Reporter.] In the meantime, please visit me, with your parent’s approval on my website, Facebook, or Twitter page, or download some of my songs. I love to read your comments and will try to respond, if you leave a comment on my Facebook page.
Thank you for being you and for taking time to read my article. Together we can have fun, make a difference and reach our dreams.
Be Strong. Be You. Stand Tall.
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