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UK Student Auditions For ‘America’s Got Talent’

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 30, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A University of Kentucky student auditioned for ‘America’s Got Talent’ to try and show that it’s never too late to follow your dream.

Nearly two and a half years ago, Callie Day was a tech at a Lexington Walmart pharmacy, but she had other passions.

“I’m a classically trained opera singer, that sings other genres,” she said.

In 2016, someone recorded her at Berea College hours before a concert she wasn’t slated to sing in.

“All I was doing was just practicing. You know, we’re just having the practice between the two of us. She was playing it, you know, by memory cuz she didn’t have the music in front of her and I was just singing and the rest is history. That’s how all that started,” said Day.

Day ended up leaving her job at Walmart and dove into her musical career singing, teaching and working on her doctorate degree of Musical Arts and Voice Performance at UK.

Then ‘America’s Got Talent’ came calling.

“I had tried them way back in, let’s see, I think 2009 or 2010 and, you know, I didn’t hear anything back. And I didn’t think nothing of it. Well, this time, they contacted my manager,” she said.

In March, she made her way to California for the audition.

“You’re like ‘oh my God’ and you’re trying not to be like ‘there they are!’ And, you’re trying to be cool all at the same time. But talk about scared, I was scared, scared, scared,” said Day.

She sang and then said that was it.

“They still make their comments and stuff and when you’re done, you walk off the stage. That was it. I flew home,” Day said.

At this time, she does not know if she will move on to the next round or even when her audition will air.

“I mean, I’m in the dark. When y’all find out, is when I find out,” said Day.

Every week of the show, she hosts a watch party on her Facebook page. She hopes her performance will bring you to tears with its deep meaning and show the world that it’s never too late to do what you love.