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Richmond Hill performer auditions for ‘American Idol’

POSTED: January 30, 2018 8:53 a.m.
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Richmond Hill's Liv Annalise at her 'American Idol' audition.

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Come March 11, local musician Liv Annalise knows right where she’ll be — glued to the television watching the premiere of “American Idol” on ABC.

She cannot say much about the results just yet, but did she did make it through three audition rounds, finally performing in October in front of the celebrity judges.

“We’re not sure yet what is going to happen, but I’m pretty excited that I made it this far already,” Annalise said. “It was an amazing experience.”

After a first audition in August and a second in New Orleans the day before she turned 17, Annalise had her final audition in Savannah in front of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

“They are all such great musicians and singers, I definitely had some butterflies,” she said. “They gave me some great constructive criticism.”

For the final audition, Annalise played acoustic guitar and sang two songs, “Zombie” by The Cranberries and Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill.”

“It was neat because ‘Zombie’ is the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar,” she said.

Not only did she learn how to play guitar, but she’s also self-taught, having taken up the instrument just four years ago.

“We were living in Alaska and there’s not a lot to do there in the winter,” she laughed. “My sister had a guitar so I picked it up and just started messing around with it, watching You Tube videos and learning how to play.”

The aspiring musician first played viola in middle school.

“Our whole family is crazy about music,” she said. “My parents have videos of me when I was little singing karaoke.”

After her military family moved to Richmond Hill two years ago, Annalise enrolled in an online public school called Connections Academy.

“It gives me a lot of flexibility as far as rehearsing and performing,” she said. “If I know I have a gig at night, I can get everything done early.”

Annalise plays most Thursday nights and some Saturday nights at Molly MacPherson’s, as well as once a month at Fia Rua and at various locations in Pooler and Savannah. She also performed at last year’s Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival. Her performances run the gamut, from Bill Withers to Sublime to Britney Spears.

As for what the future holds, the high school junior is open to possibilities.

“I know I’ll always be a musician,” she said. “I’ve thought about becoming a teacher because I love kids, but if this music thing takes off, you never know.”

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