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This Sugar Land homegrown artist’s future holds more surprises than she ever imagined

Written by Michelle Johnson

Hometown Superstar
Sugar Land, TX  News – This Ridge Point High School graduate has come a long way from the Grand Ole Opry stage, and her performance four years later at the Sugar Land Town Square Superstar competition. Berry not only performed as a contestant on Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice, but she has also made her claim to fame performing a duet with country music superstar duo, Sugarland.

Shortly after posting her first singing video on YouTube at 12 years old, Savannah Berry’s talents were noticed by the Grammy Award-winning band Sugarland, and Berry’s life was changed forever Photo by Mark Guerro

Shortly after posting her first
singing video on YouTube at
12 years old, Savannah Berry’s
talents were noticed by the
Grammy Award-winning
band Sugarland, and Berry’s
life was changed forever
Photo by Mark Guerro

Where It Began
All of these wonderful things came about after 12-year-old Berry decided to start posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. Her first video was the song, “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” According to Berry, she was taken by surprise at the number of requests received from strangers wanting to hear more from her. “I started posting videos on YouTube for my family and friends, but I had no idea the number of hits I would get from people that did not even know me.”

Posting the YouTube videos even helped the young musician hone her craft. “I would go back – review them, and take notes on how to get better.”

In 2011, Berry’s YouTube channel helped her career. It got the attention of the singing duo, Sugarland. Berry had the unbelievable opportunity to perform with the band. They recorded a video of their hit, “Stuck like Glue,” which was used as a promo for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. She later joined Sugarland on the red carpet.

After appearing on the fourth season of NBC’s The Voice, Berry is staying busy singing and writing new music. She has performed all over Texas, and most recently at Sugar Land’s Star Spangled Spectacular held at Constellation Field on July 4.

Memorable New Music
Since recording with Sugarland, Berry kept in touch with band member Kristian Bush via Twitter. “I received a tweet from him late last year that read, “Dreams do come true.” At the time, she was working on a Christmas song, and immediately knew she wanted to make it special.

Berry performed her new song in Houston last Christmas. “The response was amazing. I knew right away that I had to record it. I decided that I wanted to use this song to raise money for military families.”

The lyrics reminded her of what our military families go through during the holidays. “I had this crazy idea, ‘Wouldn’t it would be great if I could record with Kristian Bush again?’” Berry’s manager sent the music to Bush to see what he thought. Bush replied, “She really knows the way to my heart.”

Savannah Berry shares with her hometown audience about her new single with Sugar Land’s Kristian Bush, “Silent Night Without You” Photo Courtesy of Savannah Berry

Savannah Berry shares with
her hometown audience
about her new single with
Sugar Land’s Kristian Bush,
“Silent Night Without You”
Photo Courtesy of Savannah Berry

Off to Nashville
In July 2013, Berry went to Nashville and met with Bush to record her song, “Silent Night Without You.” “Recording this song with Kristian was an incredible experience,” she smiles. The new song was released on iTunes in September and should be released to radio in November.

Berry adds, “It’s only fitting that my hometown audience should be the first to know about it.”

She will be on tour in November and December, including performances at military bases, to raise awareness and charitable donations for the Silent Night Without You/ ASYMCA fund. The tour will begin with a kick-off event at the House of Blues in Houston including a reception in the foundations room for VIP ticket holders.

The money raised will go to Armed Services YMCA organization which supports two charities. “Operation Ride Home, which raises funds so that members of the military can make it home for the holidays,” shares Berry. “And Operation Holiday Joy, which buys food and gift baskets, as well as toys for military families.” SLM

MICHELLE JOHNSON is a freelance writer and contract investigator.

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