What does winning the 2015 Ohio Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?Music Artist Spotlight- Maddy Wanke

It is truly an honor to win this competition. This was such an amazing experience, and I am so proud to be able to call myself the winner of this competition. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Ever since I was a young child I have been singing. I remember still being in a booster seat when I was belting out ‘Picture’ by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. I have always been attracted to music and the way it can touch other people.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Each time I compete in singing competitions, I am always amazed by the wonderful people I meet. As for surprises, I’m always pleasantly surprised by the incredibly talented performers that I encounter at each and every competition. 

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

As a fourteen year old girl, it is difficult when searching for songs that are appropriate for my age and that I can relate to. I need to put extra time into song choice, but it’s always worth it when I find a song I have a connection with.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I think the most memorable performance was my first performance. I was five years old, and I sang in the school talent show. I sang a song called ‘Maybe’ from my favorite movie at the time, Annie. I was still learning how to read, so my mom had to make picture cue cards for me to learn the lyrics. I brought my stuffed animal on stage with me, Carmel. Thankfully, I remembered all of the words despite my nervousness.

Anything else you want to share?

I truly appreciate the opportunity this competition has given me. I met a lot of fantastic people. I hope to see them all again in the future!

You can check out Maddy at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/maddy-wanke