… lead by example, are accommodating and flexible by nature, yet strong and immovable on points of principle; always determined but always aware of circumstance.
“…WOMEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our lives, especially in these challenging times, and provide inspiration for generations to come…”
“…My mom had always played opera arias for us when we were little. And when I was seven – she asked me to learn the chorus of “con te partiro” as a birthday present for her… ”
1. You’re a youth ambassador for Feed The Children. What made you passionate about this specific cause?
I have one very close friend – I’ve known her my whole life but when she was little she had a very hard life.
2. It must be difficult to achieve your dreams in a global pandemic. How have you been handling the isolation?
At the beginning it was really hard but I stayed busy with my brothers and new music and school and Netflix.
3. How does it feel to be a voice both to an American and Arab audience?
I feel really lucky that I was able to experience both shows. I think my message is the same for both, enjoy my performances and have a little escape from the real world.
5. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
I hope to be with my family living happily – I don’t mind where. And for my singing I hope I have learned a lot about music theory, mastered guitar and piano, written many songs and taught my voice every genre and perfect my Italian for opera.
7. What’s the thing that you enjoyed most about competing on AGT?
My favorite thing was getting to know Simon Cowell. He was so kind and cool.
8. How has your family handled your success so far?
My family has been awesome. I could never have done it without them. My mom is always by my side and my dad worked so hard to keep my career running smoothly.
9. What advice have for others your age to achieve their dreams.
Just stay positive. It’s a lot of work and ups and downs but you have to be optimistic and enjoy the long journey.
10. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Maria Callas. She is the best singer ever. It was her emotion and soul that she put into her performances that made them the best performances and most heart breaking.
11. What made you passionate about opera music in the beginning?
My mom had always played opera arias for us when we were little. And when I was seven – she asked me to learn the chorus of “con te partiro” as a birthday present for her.
13. You’ve traveled much more than most people your age. Where is your favorite place?
My favorite place would have to be Sri Lanka, riding in tuktuks and surfing and exploring.
Leah Bonnema is a comedian who has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Hard Read, a romance novel book club on Chris Gethard Presents as well as regular guest spots on the Moves Power Women Annual Gala. She is the co-host of the popular podcast Were You Raised By Wolves?! Leah hails from rural Maine and celebrates Christmas all year long. For more information please go to LeahBonnema.com and follow her on Instagram @LeahBonnema.
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