UNION, NJ – A six-year old singer astounded the judges and the audience alike when she performed Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” at the “Union’s Got Talent” Show Saturday night.
Brianna Cameron, a first-grade student at Battle Hill Elementary School, sparked a standing ovation from the crowd at the annual show. A total of sixteen contestants took to the Union High School stage with performances ranging from solo acts, raps, guitar and poetry.
Cameron told “Union’s Got Talent” host Meridoc Burkhardt she started singing at two-years old and that “when she was a little girl she used to go on big stages like this,” winning the hearts of the crowd.
“Everyone did a wonderful job. I don’t envy the judges, they had to make a really tough choice picking the winners,” stated Marie Krueger-Canarelli, Union’s Got Talent Show Founder.
Cameron won $1,000 for her first place win. Finishing in second place and earning $500 was Khadija Sankoh, a 16-year-old at Union High School student, with her performance of “Quiet”.
The Youth Award, with a $250 prize, went to Nikkita McKinnon, a 16-year-old junior from Union High School, who rapped to her original piece titled “To the Top”.
The People’s Choice Award winner, voted by the audience, was E. “Blaze” Spear, who performed “Your My World” by Cilla Black. Spear won a $250 prize.
All proceeds raised from the event benefit the Union High School Performing Arts Center and the Douglas M. Kruger Scholarship Fund, two organizations who give back to the students of Union through scholarships and arts education.