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Emily West Talks ‘America’s Got Talent Live’ Tour

Written by  Amanda Denomme
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America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour
Wednesday, Oct. 14
@ DeVos Performance Hall
7:30 p.m.
$29.50, $49.50, $59.50

America’s Got Talent is more than just a hit reality series on NBC – it’s also hitting the road. The 42-city tour, AGT Live: The All-Stars Tour, stops Oct. 14 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids.

The tour includes a decade of talent from multiple seasons, with show favorites like comedian Taylor Williamson, balancing duo The KriStef Brothers, Recycled Percussion, shadow dance duo Blue Journey and magician, Smoothini. Also on the bill is powerhouse vocalist, and Season 9 runner-up, Emily West.

Revue chatted with Emily West firsthand about her experience on AGT, the All-Stars Tour, the release of her new album and what the musical maverick has in store next.

How long have you been singing for and at what age did you realize you wanted to do music for a career?

I started singing when I was just 8 years old. Honestly, I have always hoped of becoming a performing artist, so I started releasing singles before I was even on AGT. In 2010, I had a duet with Keith Urban titled, “Blue Sky.” Singing is the only thing I know how to do well and it truly brings me joy.

What is your fondest memory from AGT and what has this career taught you most?

The AGT experience was amazing and unique. I have to say being scared was probably one of my favorite moments. On the show, I loved being put on my tiptoes because it encouraged me to keep going and to give it my all. I think all of the contestants were nervous before going on stage, so to be scared together on national television while doing something we love is exhilarating. Also, I would have to say another favorite moment was when Howard Stern gave me a standing ovation because it felt great.

It sounds like the cast members are very close on the show. Who are you looking forward to spending time with at the AGT All-Stars Tour?

Yes, we are all close. For some people the tour is going to feel like a high school reunion. I can’t wait to get to know Taylor [Williamson] more. He’s so funny and he is the sweetest person. Also, I am looking forward to performing with Blue Journey from Season 9. They were one of my favorite acts and I even cried when I watched their first performance on AGT. They are so inspiring and great at dancing.

Who was your favorite judge on AGT?

I really love them all, but if I had to choose, I would say Howard was my favorite. He is as tall as a tree and absolutely charming. He’s like my uncle-dad. Howard has made the show so big. I’m lucky to have been on the show with him before he retired. Funny enough, before auditioning for the show I researched his favorite songs because I wanted to win him over. My attitude going into the show was if Howard liked me then at least I would have one fan.

Since AGT, you have released your own album titled, All For You. Tell me what your fans can expect from this album?

I would say this album is big, dramatic and emotional. I have always wanted to be Barbra Streisand, so when making this album I thought what would Barbra do? The album has six songs that I performed on AGT, including fan favorites “You Got It”, “Nights in White Satin” and “Chandelier.” Also, I am a songwriter so I have some original songs on the album. The album is a good mix and match of original work and performances from the show.

What is life like being on the road touring?

Touring is so much fun because you get to show your fans who you are as an artist and it is great to think that there are people out there who have bought tickets to see you perform. I have to admit that being on the road all the time can be grueling. You have to get a lot of rest, and you learn to go to bed on time. In the end, I would not want to do anything else because performing is what I love to do.

Do you have any rituals before taking stage?

I always say a prayer before I go on stage and grab a couple of carrots from a vegetable tray. After that I am good to go.

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