Tally Duell, the winner of this year’s Mayors Cup Idol, performs at the Essex County Fair this year.
Singing has become the focus of 14-year-old Latalya “Tally” Duell’s dreams.
“I always dreamed I would be famous one day,” Tally said.
Tally got a taste of stardom this summer opening for two big acts, Lori Morgan and Chris Higbee, by winning local “Idol” competitions.
“I never thought I would be opening for Lori Morgan at 14, hopefully my dreams keep coming true like they’ve started to,” she said.
After winning the Mayor’s Cup Idol in Plattsburgh, Tally opened for famous country music star Morgan at the Clinton County Fair in July. Later in the summer she continued to win over judges at the Essex County Fair where she won the Idol competition there and got the opportunity to open for Higbee.
Tally said she always loved singing but only began training a year ago.
“I’ve always liked to sing, I felt I might as well get out there and try to make it somewhere,” Tally said.
She decided to move from school performances to working with professional coaching.
“She works with two singing coaches and she’s singing in local concerts and competitions, it’s really taken off,” said Tally’s mom Christy Duell.
Tally said her first large performance in front of a large crowd was scary.
“It was an amazing experience, opening for Lori Morgan, when I was backstage I was kind of in a state of shock before I went out,” said Tally. “The audience looked big, I’d never performed in front of an audience that size. It was really nerve racking until I got out there.”
Though she was nervous, Tally said once she started singing and got out on stage it was a great feeling.
“It really helped me for my next performance when I opened for Chris Higbee,” said Tally.
After winning two Idol competitions, Tally wants to keep going and get her musical talents out there.
“One day I want to try out for bigger competitions like the voice,” said Tally.
When she gets to The Voice Tally hopes she can be mentored by one of her favorite country music starts: Blake Shelton.
“I would love to work with him, he seems so willing to help a young artists so he would be who I picked if I get the chance,” said Tally.
Growing up, Tally said she has always loved country music, keeping it close to her heart.
“I’ve always loved country music, it means something to me how the songs are more true to life and have meaning to them,” said Tally. “I’m in love with music.”
For now Tally said she enjoys singing songs originally recorded by some of her favorite country music stars like Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, and Little Big Town but she said she wants to practice and start writing her own stories like the ones told through lyrics in country music songs.
“I started trying to write my own songs it’s definitely a process,” said Tally. “My friends, family and a lot about my mom, she is a single mom and it’s been just the two of us and so I write a lot about that.”
Tally has been learning from local music coaches Susan Richards and Bill Verity. The pair help the young artists with range, voice techniques, breathing and developing a stage presence.
“They teach me a whole range of things, I hope with practice and experience I’ll get the most out of it for my singing,” said Tally.
For now, the teen will return to school at AuSable Valley and hopes to have a demo of her music made in hopes of finding an agent.
“I’m going to keep looking for competition anywhere I can find it and hopefully one day it will be worth all of the work,” said Tally.
For more information about Tally or to hear clips of her past performances, go to Tally’s Facebook page titled “Latalya “Tally” Duell.