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Artist Interview With Sha’Vontie Rose Juneau Jackson Hosfield

By MARY ELLEN KALUZA

Sha’Vontie lives a few blocks away and she often walks by with her dad to visit her cousins near me. She always has a cheerful greeting when she passes. Makes me smile. Last summer I was invited to the cousins’ backyard for a concert the kids were putting on. That’s where I first saw Sha’Vontie sing and play piano. I was very impressed with her poise and confidence on the stage, on top of her lovely voice. I had no idea I only saw a fraction of her many talents and interests until we met for this interview.

  1. How old are you? What grade are you in?

I’m 11 and in 5th grade

  1. Describe your main art form(s).

I like to sing and dance – dancing first, then singing. And sometimes I like to play piano. I practice it every day and take lessons because adults told me I would be happy I did later on, so I do.

  1. What inspired you to dance and sing?

I think I’ve always done it. We have videos of me dancing at 3 and 4 years old. There are stories of me dancing at 13 months. My mom sang to me when I was little, and my mom got her voice from her mom.

  1. Do you have a favorite place you like to sing or play music?

Everywhere! Church, school, with my friend Caleb – we sing all the time.

  1. Is there a type of music you especially like to sing or play?

Hip Hop and Pop. I like to play hard stuff on the piano.

  1. Is there a singer or musician that you particularly admire?

Yes! I like Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato and Flo Rida. I love music videos, especially BTS and Zendaya.

  1. Do you have a mentor or teacher?

I have a piano teacher, Christa Lachell. And I am part of a youth choir called Known. The choir teacher is Courtland Pickens.

  1. Are there other art forms you enjoy?

I love acting! I was in a school play, Back To The Cross. And I played the little sister in Ruby Bridges with Youth Performance Company.

  1. What other interests do you have?

Sports – I play basketball, soccer, and I do gymnastics with my friend Caleb. We have handstand contests. I love to read. I particularly like comics or graphic novels. My dad reads every night with me. We’re reading Courage to Soar by Simone Biles. And I like to cook. My specialty is tacos. I make my own breakfast everyday.

  1. What would you like to do as a grown up?

I would love to design clothes or be an actor who sings and dances. And, I want to be a great mom and gymnast.

Sha’Vontie is a treasure! She makes the world a better place with her many talents and her generous cheerfulness. I’m excited to see what’s ahead for her!

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