Junior high student victorious in "New England's Got Talent"
It's official: the tri-town's got talent.
Never was that more clear than when 12-year old Nolan Gibbons of Marion, a seventh-grader at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, won the 2017 edition of "New England's Got Talent."
Gibbons, who has been singing "since before he could walk," according to mother Sheila Gibbons, took to the New England's Got Talent stage at Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI on September 23.
Gibbons said that he had a great time competing, but that his favorite part of the night was "seeing all of the other really talented acts."
His winning performance featured him singing "Imagine" by John Lennon. Gibbons sang against a video backdrop, which he had created himself. The video featured four different screens, each featuring Gibbons, who each sang as backups. The real Gibbons, onstage in front of his "backup singers," sang the lead vocals.
"I really like singing that song," he explained, "and it really fits today's world."
His performance won him the first-place trophy, and the chance to audition with an executive producer of "America's Got Talent." He will work with Al Gomes, a record producer from Rhode Island, to prepare for the audition. Gomes has worked with Christina Aguilera in the past.
He also won the chance to work with Angela Bacari. Bacari, one of the judges, selected Gibbons to work with herself. She was the agent of popular singer Billy Gilman, who scored a Top 40 country hit with "One Voice" at 11 years old in 2000.
Gibbons competed in the same event last year, reaching the finals.
"We're so happy for him," Sheila Gibbons said of her son. "He's worked so hard for this for a long time."
Check out Nolan Gibbons' winning performance of "Imagine" by John Lennon. Video courtesy: Sheila Gibbons