Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thia Megia performs for David Foster!!!

It's been a while since we heard anything on the grapevine for Thia Megia, rest assured that she has been busy both with school works and her singing.

She sung recently the US national Anthem for California Redwoods Oct. 17, 2009.

However her biggest Gig to date is her participation in the David Foster and Friends concert in San Jose California Nov. 8, 2009.

The packed Arena saw not 1 but 2 powerful and Filipina young voices of our time as both Thia Megia and one of her idol Charice Pempengco belted out David Foster's compositions like veterans, as the crowd roars in ecstasy.

Incidentally Thia Megia was invited to perform in the David Foster and Friends as a contestant from David Foster's talent search in which the 15 time Grammy awardee personally picked Thia to showcase her talent on stage with him garnering Thia Megia a trip to the closing of the concert in Vancouver.

Meeting Charice might have been the highlight of Thia's concert experience but for Charice its also an awesome experience as she speaks highly of her in her Twitter account:

New York! ;) then Las Vegas tomorrow! :) just wanna give a shout out to my pretty friend Thia Megia. :) <3 <3 <3

@officialcharice but anyway follow her! @chirpThiaMegia ;)

I for one is looking forward for Thia Megia's video performances from David Foster and Friends in San Jose and in Vancouver, Canada.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thia performs for fans!

Thia megia performing Palin white T's 1234, I'm Yours- Jazon Mraz & Three Lil' Birds-Bob Marley

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thia Emails all her supporters and Fans!

Got an email from Thia through her Youtube account and she just wants to let everybody know she is doing allright and had fun with the America Got Talent experience. Here is the full Email from her personally:

Hi ThiaMegiaNetwork :) I want to thank you for your great support from the bottom of my heart! I just want to let you know that I'm doing great!

I was crushed a bit at the beginning for a couple of days, I was just exhausted and my goal was at least to be one of the top 20 we all have plans and goals. I guess, life is always a climb, and there will be another mountain to climb, and again I'm ready :)

I had thought the entire time I was in AGT that it was totally a blast! The contestants and the AGT staff were all amazing. For a week and a half of rehearsals for our group (the 1st quarter finalists) we all grew close like family! :) Just one of the great moments that I will never forget for the rest of my life. Although I didn't make it, it's still a time of my life, I should say. Off stage, no one is competative against one another. Believe me or not, with that loving frienship and respect we all have for each other made my experience with AGT extra, extra special! :) The bliss of being with great people just felt like a billion dollars. I hope you don't find that cheesy, haha, but its true. Because we seem like one big true family that share the same dreams.

We've placed a note on my official youtube page about your website & other web sites that include my name. A lot of my family & pals are asking about it, if it's my website? Just for someone who is curious so they would know, I told them its actually not mine. I'm really thankful though for your hard work. God bless you and your family.

She now has a twitter account @ThiaLMegia visit her. More power to you Thia!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thia Megia becomes an Internet Sensation

Less than 24 hours after the questionable elimination in America Got Talent, Thia Megia is proving the judges that voted her off they made a mistake!

Legions of her fans have been discussing the elimination in the YT video uploaded less than 24 hours garnering 200k hits.

She sang "The Climb" although I have to agree its far from a perfect performance, it doesn't also warrant for her to be sent home, this early in the competition. Specially after all the accolades the judges themselves gave her the night before.

The firestorm of views kept on hitting the her video performance last Tuesday bringing in 750,000 views in less than a week. Most of the comments are favorable to her performance and are in shock with how the judges eliminated her clearly against the will of both the Live audience that day and the public who took time to vote for the America Got Talent contest.

There are also unfavorable comments coming from 13-21 year old Miley Cyrus Fans who sees her singing as a threat to Miley (Yes she made a better rendition of the song than Miley herself LIVE), thus pushing the envelope of popularity of the video within this age range and across the globe:

Watch Out Disney And Warner Brothers!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Why was Thia Megia Eliminated by the Judges

Thia Megia was eliminated Wednesday not by America but by 2 of the judges who clearly have been her staunches admirer. But why?

America Got Talent elimination round for the semi finals pitted 2 amazing teens, one of which is a heavy favorite for the contention of the Grand Prize as numerous media sources from Yahoo all the way to Zap.

Nowhere have these sources put in Arcadian as one of the top favorites, who clinched the last spot of the America Got Talent elimination round Wednesday. Let's review both acts.

Thia Megia, the 14 year old "big voiced" teen who sung "I'm Changing" in her audition sung Miley Cyrus's hit "The Climb", Tuesday night. Albeit the performance is masterfully done and the corresponding vocals is superb, I tend to agree to most comments in Twitter and YouTube, that the song did not fit with her vocals. It's simply too simple for her "big voice" lacking the rifts and runs that are typical of these diva voices, hence emotionally lacking yet powerful enough to convey the message of song more so than the LIVE performances of the original artist.

I was concerned at the way all 3 judges showered her with accolades including the admiration of Nick Cannon for her rendition that I immediately blogged what the judges failed to see here. My premonition was correct, 24 hours later 2 of the judges gave Thia the boot in favor of Arcadian.

Arcadian, 13 year old solo dancer who was introduced as an underdog and bullied all his life who twirls and does aerial splits to the tune of the 80's did it again with "Footloose" in the 1st Quarter finals with one distinct difference, he played the piano amazingly before going to his same routine of dancing John Travolta style. He got a reprimand from the 2 of the judges Pierce and Sharon for going too late into his dance routine, the reason he got a ticket to Las Vegas and not for his piano talent.

Although I agree with the judges that Arcadian should have stuck with his amazing dancing skills, I also commend Arcadian in displaying his other talents. What would the boy do? Twirl and do Aerials all the way to the finals? It's seems boring if he did not included his piano skills. That just show that he isn't one dimensional.

But if its diversity that they wanted, surely Thia Megia if she had known this would have also displayed her dancing and acting skills in addition to singing which she has done before. It's more likely that she was eliminated for a lack of story potential which I'm afraid is what AGT and BGT are all about these days.

Now let's look at the scenarios I've been thinking of Why the judges eliminated Thia from the competition.

1. Thia Megia's Talent is too big for America Got Talent. During the elimination round you can clearly hear how Sharon and David keep on emphasizing that Thia will hit big time even without America Got Talent. I have to agree, somebody from the AGT management might already have something in the works for her.

2. America Got Talent wanted to create a buzz around her. As of today 2 days after the uploading of her "The Climb" performance. The video have garnered 350k views in You Tube outpacing the closest competitor in AGT's performance of Kevin Skinner 2x. This might be a catalyst in reintroducing her back as a wildcard per audience request in the Finals round.

3. AGT wanted to bring back Kelli Glover, a former American Idol Season 3 participant to face off with the returning AGT hopeful Mia Bolstrom, which Thia Megia would have easily and seriously hurt the chances if she had remained in contention.

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WAtch Out Miley Cyrus, Thia Does Climb!

Opening Quarter Finals was just showed in America Got Talent: Hollywood and all I can say is Thia Nailed "The Climb"

A lot of people in twitter are saying its the wrong song for her, but like the judges of the show I beg to differ. I believe that Thia with deeper and full voice than Miley Cyrus have more emotions to show that is appropriate for the song.

We are just probably used to Miley's acoustically engineered sound in her "The Climb" video and over the airwaves that a lot of us think that Miley sounds like that in her LIVE performances.

I've seen Miley sing this song LIVE numerous times and basically, she doesn't even sound the same from her LIVE performances with her studio recordings. She has always had a problem reaching the actual notes of the song especially in the chorus.

Now with Thia Megia, she took the song over its runs effortlessly in much deeper and full voice as well as higher pitch than Miley. Her Vibrato is much more pleasing than Miley's vibrato which is pitchy at times.

Although I'm pleased with her rendition, something is missing from this performance that not quite there in all of her videos. The goosebumps effect! I have no idea if they picked this song for her or she picked this song herself, but it just an OK song for me. Thia delivered the piece in such a way that one can clearly see the difference with the Original piece and this rendition is definitely better, yet an element of surprise is missing from it.

Judge for yourself. The judges aren't doing her any service by patronizing her this early unless they wanted her to be booted off early!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

'America's Got Talent': Top 10 of the Vegas 40

This week "America's Got Talent" moved on to Las Vegas, where 160 talented entertainers found out if they were going on to the next phase of competition: live performances in Hollywood. Forty contestants made the cut, including country singer Kevin Skinner and 14-year-old singing sensation Thia Megia. There were a few surprises, as well: guitar phenom Tallan Noble Latz didn't advance, and neither did singer Kari Callen, whom many pegged as America's answer to Susan Boyle. With the exception of a dance-off to narrow the field of hip-hop-style contestants, there were no new acts this week, so the Hulu team took a look at the audition performances of who we think make up the top 10 of the remaining million-dollar hopefuls.

1. Kevin Skinner

The story is almost too good to be true: an unemployed chicken catcher with a country twang and backward baseball cap tries out for a spot on "America's Got Talent." And, surprise, surprise: He's good -- real good. In auditions, his performance of Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes" was genuine, moving, and powerful. No surprises here, he's moving on to compete in Hollywood. After all, according to judge David Hasselhoff, "You are what this show is all about!"

2. Lawrence Beaman

The "America's Got Talent" producers put country crooner Skinner (above) and R&B singer Lawrence Beaman head-to-head in the elimination round. But, really, this choice was a no-brainer: Beaman, a 34-year-old delivery man, was going to the next round. With a deep, bass voice, his rendition of "Ol' Man River" in the auditions got the judges -- even the usually reluctant Piers Morgan -- on their feet. We get the sense we'll be seeing a lot more of Beaman in coming weeks.

3. Thia Megia

At first glance, 14-year-old Thia Megia doesn't necessarily seem like the kind of girl who could do Jennifer Holliday's "I Am Changing" justice. But this dream girl made the standard her own in auditions, getting the crowd on its feet as she hit every note of the soulful song. It was no surprise to see her pass through the Vegas eliminations, and she's certainly one to watch for the rest of the season.

4. Barbara Padilla

This petite opera singer hit a high note with her rendition of Gianni Schicchi's "O Mio Babbino Caro," carrying every note like a pro. It was a moving performance that got audience members -- and judges Sharon Osbourne and the Hoff -- on their feet. Barbara Padilla fought back cancer, which is a miracle, and is living her dreams now. "When you have hope, you keep going," she told the judges after her audition.

5. Sisterly Talent

It's a little bittersweet to watch the EriAm sisters perform the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" now, but 11-year-old Haven brought an immediate smile to our faces when she started singing. The three girls -- ranging in age from 11 to 15 -- made easy work of this 1969 hit, proving that each and every one of them has enough talent to stick around for a while. (And, as the clip from their original audition indicates, they certainly won over host Nick Cannon.)

6. Platt Brothers

Best friends and brothers, this dance act added some energy to auditions with an act that combined dance, gymnastics, and theater to get the crowd going. We're hoping to see more flipping in future rounds (and OK, maybe a little more miming too).

7. Mia Boostrom

Call her the comeback kid: Mia Boostrom gave "America's Got Talent" a try last season, but she didn't make it past the Vegas round. This week, however, she proved she has the chops, and the judges gave her the nod to advance to Hollywood. Though everyone from Louis Armstrong to Coldplay -- and most famously Ray Charles -- has covered "Georgia on My Mind," Boostrom earned our respect with her version in week four. Some people really do deserve a second chance.

8. Breaksk8

A number of dance squads made it to the Vegas eliminations, so judge Piers Morgan had a proposal for three of the hopeful groups: An old-fashioned dance-off between Euphoria, Breaksk8, and Destined 2 Be. The ultimate winner: BreakSk8, an all-male roller-skate dance crew who popped and rolled to Flo Rida's "Low" in the preliminaries.

9. Arcadian Broad

An underdog for much of his life, 13-year-old Arcadian Broad captured the judges' hearts at the Miami auditions. Though he was never good at sports and lacked confidence, he said that dance provided him a way to feel like nothing will get in his way. His spirited performance to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" proved that he's our very own rockin' Billy Elliott, and the crowd ate it up. He's on his way to Hollywood for the next round of competition.

10. Matt and Anthony

What's a top 10 list without a dark horse? Shy as they may be, this duo gets our vote for one of the most "out of the box" performances this season. Former college roommates Matt and Anthony didn't rely on illusions, chainsaws, or dancing dogs to make it to the judges' top 40. Instead, they opted for an unexpected pairing of their individual talents: acoustic guitar and tap dance. Don't ask us why it works -- we just know that it does.

Yahoo! TV Blog

Friday, July 31, 2009

In Vegas! Thia Megia marches through into the Top 40

This is Vegas week Baby! Out of 160 that passed through the grueling city by city auditions during the past weeks, the stage is set for the Top 40 finalist to show America what it takes to be the America Got Talent Semi-Finalist, and Thia Megia again WOW's both the audience and the judges to capture a spot in the Top 40.

Fortunately some of the acts that I thought is a direct competition in WOWNESS Factor with regards to singing like Kari and 8 year old Cianna went home, which leaves Thia Megia a major front runner in my opinion.

There is still a long way to thread until Finals night but it will be interesting to see how far Thia could go in lieu of the current Top 40 picks. Go Go Go Girl!

Here is the complete list of Acts that have gone through to the next round.

Acrodunk, basketball dunkers, Houston, TX

African High Flyers, acrobats, Orlando, FL

Alizma, violinist triplets, Las Vegas, NV

Arcadian Broad, dancer (and Dickens character), Orlando, FL

Barbara Padilla, opera singer, Houston, TX

Breaksk8, roller skating breakdancers, Kokomo, IN

Bri Bernstein, singer and musician, Las Vegas, NV

Carol Lugo, dancing granny, Jersey City, NJ

Charles DeWayne Dorsey, singer and musician, La Verne, CA

Coney Island Chris, sideshow performer, Naugatuck, CT

Dave Johnson, “David Hasselhoff” singer/comedian, Renton, WA

Drew Thomas, illusionist, Orlando, FL

Eleisha Miller, singing/piano playing little girl, Amarillo, TX

EriAm, singing sisters, Seattle, WA

Erik and Rickie, ballroom dancing little kids, Seattle, WA

Fab 5, tap dancing sisters, Morgan, UT

FootworKINGz, dance group, Chicago, IL

G-Force, little girl band, Amherst, OH

Grandma Lee, comedian, Jacksonville, FL

Hairo Torres, breakdancer, Grants Pass, OR

Ishaara, Bollywood dance group, Berkeley, CA

Jeffrey Ou, piano prodigy, Carrollton, TX

Kevin Skinner, singer and guitar player, Mayfield, KY

Lawrence Beamen, singer, Walnut Creek, CA

Manuela Horn, comedic variety act, Seattle, WA

Marcus Terrell, singer, Kansas City, MO

Mario & Jenny, chainsaw variety duo, Las Vegas, NV

Matt & Anthony, dancing and musical duo, New York, NY

Mia Boostrom, singer and musician, North Dighton, MA

Mosaic, mens a cappella group, Las Vegas, NV

Pam Martin & Viva, dog variety duo, Garland, TX

Paradizo Dance, acrobatic dancers, Brooklyn, NY

Pixies Mystere, dance/contortionist little girls, Cape May, NJ

Pete Peterkin, celebrity impersonator, Brooklyn, NY

Platt Brothers, variety/tumbling act, San Diego, CA

Recycled Percussion, Stomp-like band, Goffstown, NH

Texas Tenors, singing group, Houston, TX

Thia Megia, singer, Tracy, CA

Tony Hoard, canine frisbee act, New Castle, IN

Voices of Glory, singing siblings, Highland, NY

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hawaii Got Talent! And a BIG one at that!

Ok WOW! America Got Talent have found another kid with amazing vocals! If you havent seen Episode 5 yet, you should. She made me revamp my Top 20 list!

I scoured You Tube for this undiscovered talent (well she has been discovered now) and collected some amazing videos of this 8 year old who basically has a vocal of a 20+ year old mature young woman. I still prefer Thia atm, but I must say Cianna is right behind Thia Megia at this point. Needless to say I'm going to follow her progress now too towards Top 20 and beyond.

No One

If We Hold on Together

If I were a Boy/Single Ladies

Pierce Morgan summed it all! She needs to start looking for a house now! She is a force to reckon with in the competition!

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Karaoke Heritage

What does Thia Megia, Jasmine Trias, Camille Velasco, Ramielle Malubay, Charice, Jessica Sanchez, Madonna Decena, Mikey Bustos, Martha Joy Lim and Chelsea Castillo have in common?

They all trained using an innovation called "Karaoke". They all are of Filipino heritage where every single household in the Philippines and everywhere you see a Filipino in the world has one.

Nowadays its being called Magic Mic where the karaoke machine got compact but it also now holds between 5,000-15,000 English and Tagalog songs in a small package.

The Japanese first marketed the machine they dubbed "Karaoke" in the early 80's but in all reality its a Filipino innovation. Before the advent of CD, everybody in the Philippines uses the old cassette tape deck player to play the instrumental tapes of popular English and Tagalog songs. It was only in 1983 that the Japanese marketed the machine as "Karaoke" and the first country in Asia that it hit was the Philippines.

Singing is a serious business for Filipinos indeed! Here are the National TV performances from USA, Britain, Austria, Canada and Australia Singing Talent Shows.




SWAY - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 4 TOP 3 FINALIST (He was disqualified for contracts while a contestant)

















Monday, July 20, 2009

Top 20 America Got Talent Acts

2 more weeks and everybody will be in Las Vegas for the top 40 then top 20 acts. So I'm skipping the top 40 selection. I will let America do that! Here is my Top 20 Acts that I'm hoping will get pass to the Top 20 round!

Eriam Sisters

Kari Callin

Kevin Skinner

Kelly Glover (Former American Idol Season 1)

Mia Boostrom (Season 3 America Got Talent)

Texas Tenors

Hiro Torres

Destined 2 Be

Houston Perrforming Arts

Miss Germany
TJ and Little Mama's
Scott Brothers

Jay Matiolli (Rockin Magician)

Drew Thomas (Illusionist)

Dave and Zoe

Talian Noble (Guitar Prodigy)

Plat Brothers (Gymnastic Show)

Spiritual Harmonizer

Rashinda Jolley (Harp/Vocalist)

And off course Thia Megia!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Did You know?

The girl from America Got Talent, Thia Megia is a flush of creativity and a natural at performing. She won the LA convention as the Best Singer and Actress and rightly so. We all have watched her take center stage a few weeks back, when she sang "I'm Changing" from the Dreamgirls, and that was a treat for all of us.

Besides singing she also have a knack for acting, and have auditioned in the past with the Award winning Broadway show "The Lion King". Here is a taste of her acting ability with her very own video, directed and produced by Thia herself. (just in case the embed did not work)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hello Music World: Meet Thia

Thia Megia a 14 year old teen singing sensation whose powerful and mature voice Wowed the audience and judges alike of America Got Talent recently, seems to be a typical teenage girl.

But Thia has been wowing audiences with her singing and acting ability since 4 years old and have composed and recorded her own song when she was 6 years old called "I Will Always Love You" dedicated to her Teddy Bear, Twinkle.

She has won several amateur singing contest in California, and in 2005 she won both Singer and Child Actress of the Year in Los Angeles Talent Convention Center.

Thia has been invited to appear in various local California TV & Radio shows and Events. Her first National cable appearance was shown in "Showtime at the Apollo" where she also wowed the host Whoppi Goldberg.

Currently Thia volunteers her time singing the National Anthem in various Events such as The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Post Olympics Dinner Party for U.S Olympians and Paralympians, and Pat's Run of the Pat Tillman Foundation.

She also has sung the National Anthem in Various local sporting events such as 49ers, Charles Schwab Cup, Giants, Stanford and NASCAR.

Although she is just turned 14 years old, a typical run of the mill American teenage girl, she will blow you away with her mesmerizing voice only a seasoned adult should have. Get to know this petite teen and follow her march to stardom in America Got Talent in weeks to come.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Legendary Producers & thier Young Prodigies

To elaborate further on my microblog from yesterday. Music in general have turned from Ballads in the 1990's to RNB type of music of year 2000 and beyond. Balladeers can still eat out a niche but unlike the late 1980's to 1990's where Ballads rule supreme, such legendary producers such as David Foster, Quincy Jones and Clive Davis have struggled of late.

These 3 legends of music seems to be at limbo for years, trying to get the momentum they had once and wrestle back control of Grammy's and Oscars from such younger producers such as BabyFace, P.Diddy et. al.

Enter a neo emergence of big voice divalets of the Houston, Dion and Carey Era. And these 3 producers are filling in the nitch with thier young recent discoveries.

Here is Quincy Jones's prodigy Bianca Ryan winner of America Got Talent 2006

David Foster's prodigy Charice Oprah's Most Talented Girl in the World 2009

And because it's America Got Talent 2009 i really believe that Clive Davis through Simon Cowell is seriously looking at Thia. Win or lose in America Got Talent she will be picked up by either Simon Cowell or Clive Davis.

I wish I had thier voices!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Thia Megia Crazed Blogsite Launched! how now launched in support of the newest YouTube Sensation Thia Megia who has earned her ticket to Las Vegas for the American Got Talent 2009 competition. We wish you luck girl! strives to be the One Stop place for those people who are following her budding career off and on camera.

We provide news and articles gathered around the world, videos, personal blogs from people who supports this "Tantalizing and Mesmerising" 14 year old in her march towards a final showdown in American Got Talent and beyond.

The site is currently in its Alpha mode as we increase the Web 2.0 compatibility of the site.

It features a Twitter powered micro forum, a Web 2.0 compliant chatroom, Feedback, and Forum site.

We will be adding more content as well as capabilities in the near future.

Our Immediate Goal is to provide the Thia Megia community with a ready access to articles and news to sustain this budding artist and her ever increasing legions of fans without being hassled with the various registration process involved in other fan/blogsites.

You can be registered to any of the components without having to fill in one single registration form (almost there)using a Twitter, Facebook, or OpenID (Open ID supports all other major authentication systems ie. Yahoo, google, myspace, blogger etc. etc.)

We hope you enjoy the Alpha phase of this site and visit often.


The X Factor: Thia puts another level of "it"

Talents are a dime and a dozen in this world, especially in singing. One only needs to look back a couple of years and the gamut of stars created by the new media we called You Tube.

There's Nora Foss Al Jabri who most recent appearance in Oprah created a buzz both from her home country of Norway and parts of the USA, Charice who was discovered in You Tube who most recently launched her single "Note to God" peaking at #44 in Billboard charts last June. And off-course how can we forget the very public Susan Boyle whose psychological meltdown was covered not only by the alternative media in the Internet but by the mainstream media as well.

Thia Megia enters the world of You Tube Sensations amid all these other personages that have come before her who have the "it" factor. Kinda mundane if you think about it, I've asked several times do we really need another You Tube Sensation that will falter like so many other before her? Granted that not all YT Sensations have gone from the limelight, we still have Charice and Nora both of which are still pursuing recording careers in Norway, USA and the Philippines. But have we heard anything recently about Susan Boyle besides the occasional tabloid magazine scoops? Or of Connie Talbot? How about PolPots?

Most of these people have the X Factor that propelled them to glory initially. However few has that extra "it" to the X Factor unlike Thia does and with this she will overcome the stigma of being a YouTube Sensation, long after the verdict have been delivered in America Got Talent.

I have seen Thia's YouTube videos for the past few years and I've clearly seen how this little lass improved in both singing and her personality. She always have been confident with her singing and performance, that at times she does look like Erica Marks from America Got Talent 2006: (Can't find the AGT clip from 2006 where she fought with the judges on camera so this will do for now)

It's quite overbearing to have a kid acting out like that, self confidence gone awry.

From an outsider where I myself is looking in, I see an overbearing self confidence that shouldn't be there. (Thia is at 1:40 of the clip)

I have put Thia at the back burner for a year because of that. Until I saw her "it" from an already impressive X Factor she possessed manifested in a new light here:

From then on, I knew that the extra factor she possess will surely prop ell her to stardom, time will just have to stand still for her. And I'm glad it did, now that the world is recognizing her talent, A Tantalizing and Mesmerizing voice from one so young.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

San Joaquin County's 'got talent'

Here we go again with another local contestant on the NBC show "America's Got Talent."

Last season, it was Stockton's Queen Emily who advanced to the final rounds and amazed the nation with her singing talent.

This time, it's 14-year-old Thia Megia, the Tracy eighth grader who stunned the judges - and viewers - with a voice that seemingly belongs to someone twice her age.

I watched the video of her performance of the Jennifer Holliday song "I Am Changing" and was hooked. I spent the next hour watching various videos of her singing at jazz festivals, talent competitions, sporting events, etc.

And isn't it great that Tracy, which has gone through all kinds of sad news and heartbreak in the last year, has someone to rally behind who is bringing the city positive exposure?

Keep thrilling those crowds, Thia.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Thia Megia Featured in YouTrax.TV!!!

A week before Thia Megia auditioned with her much talked about America Got Talent performance of Jennifer Holiday's I'm Changing, the diminutive 14 year old was interviewed by!

Thia provided her final interview before going off to Chicago for the audition that propelled her to a ticket in Las Vegas as one of the contestants. NBC prohibits the contestants from giving interviews as what reported by
According to Jessica Sanchez,(competed in American Idol 2006 losing to Bianca Ryan)There are "lots of limitations within the contracts of the individual shows..."

The Thia Megia Episode can be downloaded on Website, which includes the full interview and 2 Song Covers by Cold Play and Miley Cyrus.

Here is her cover of Miley Cyrus's Hit "The Climb", Isn't she amazing? is a podcast program which features personages in Youtube that has the talent in singing among other things. It also provides good pointers and information in Home Studio Recording and other Music News.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Young Tracy singer wows TV judges

Tracy singer-songwriter Thia Megia, 14, wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night, bringing her one step closer to the television show’s top 20 finalists.

Until then, NBC won’t allow her to grant media interviews, to give all contestants a fair chance, a show rep said.

But Thia’s name has already made its way into the world of pop music.

The eighth-grader is a storied young artist, who at 10 years old sang the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of 60,000 fans at a San Francisco 49ers game. She went on to sing the National Anthem at two more 49ers games in 2006 and 2007 at ages 11 and 12, according to news reports.

Thia, who has been singing since she was 4, has won awards at several local and national singing competitions.

This week’s TV appearance certainly wasn’t her first.

In February last year, the songstress sang Jennifer Holiday’s “I Am Changing” during a televised “Showtime at the Apollo” in New York City. She also appeared on NBC’s KRON4 TV show “The World According to Gary,” where she sang a Disney song.

Since her first, unsuccessful, audition in 2005 for a part in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” Thia has performed at countless charity and national sporting events.

You can watch her sing on “America’s Got Talent”

She also has her own YouTube channel where you can watch some of her other performances.


America's Got Talent, Pleading for Its Susan Boyle

America's Got Talent kicked off its new season last week with big ratings. Two episodes. The week's two highest rated shows.

That, you'd think, would be good enough for the show's producers to can their choreographed attempt to create the U.S. version of Susan Boyle, Britain's Got Talent's lumpy runner-up.

But, no.

Last night, Talent zeroed in on country bumpkin Kevin Skinner, an aww-shucks-type unemployed farmer who perfectly fits the Boyle mold -- rumpled clothes and the skin of a man who's worked outdoors for years.

Talent's likeable and frequently teary-eyed judges, David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, pounced.

Skinner's a respectably talented singer who might bring down the house at a country fair or a truck-stop bar (that's not a knock -- I wish I could sing well enough to bring down any house).

Talent went overboard in trying to make this ugly duckling its swan. In fact, Morgan said as much without uttering the "SB" words -- Susan Boyle.

Talent also went overboard with Carol Lugo, a goodish dancer from Jersey City who got a standing ovation for simply saying, "I'm 62." Ooh-kay.

America's Got Talent is a lot of fun to watch. And its ratings prove it doesn't need to try so hard to find an underdog it can cling to (and that NBC can build a massive multimedia promotional campaign around).

Meanwhile, there were some genuinely talented people on last night's show, including Skinner.

He got Talent's plum final segment. You know, the final few minutes when the music swells, the audience gasps and the judges flail their arms, mouths agape, to ensure that we viewers know they're floored.
Thia Megia, a 14-year-old girl from California, was a good singer who I'm guessing will make it to the finals. And magician Jay Mattioli was impressive.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

'America's Got Talent': Thia Megia and Kevin Skinner are amazing

Welcome back to "America's Got Talent." Thia Megia and Kevin Skinner just absolutely kill it tonight.

We kick things off tonight in NYC with 62 year-old Carol Lugo, a grocery cashier from New Jersey who dances. Could this be our Susan Boyle? As she starts weirdly gyrating to "I Can't Help Myself," I am alternately horrified and completely delighted. The woman moonwalks! She is strangely charming. The judges just adore her and send her through unanimously as the strains of "Flashdance" come up in the background.

Good Montage. YoYo Joe dances with a yoyo (it's no "Air on a G String" but it's pretty awesome); The Diva League, dancers and drag queens (better than the can-can-stripping moms from last year); and Coney Island Chris the glass eater (a terrifying Jerry Lewis).

To the strains of "Magic Man" (love that song), we meet Jay Mattioli the Magician. He does all these really wicked tricks with a satin blanket and the mic stand, then transitions smoothly into his box illusion, where he climbs inside a small box and then appears to squish himself flat and then emerges from the box. It's quite good, I'd love to see him do more stuff, plus a magician (like Terry Fator the Ventriloquist) can sustain a Vegas show (unlike Cry Baby Boyd). The judges love him.

What is this? We've only seen good stuff tonight. Crazy.

I have spoken too soon when the Honorable Judge Franklin Sane takes the stage. He "croons" the great Petulia Clark classic "Downtown." I'm sure Franklin sounds really great in his shower and thinks he's an undiscovered Frank Sinatra... but he is not. Big no. Next!

Speaking of bad singers, we now have the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of that with 14 year-old Thia Megia (is that like Julia Gulia?). She sings "I am Changing" by Jennifer Holliday and it is FABULOUS. She sounds like a whiskey-drinking soulful 40s singer. She should be lounging across a piano in a slinky red dress. It's not perfect; she needs to work on a couple pronunciations and her stage presence, but the voice is amazing. She's through unanimously.

Jeffrey Johns is up next. He's a 5'3'' Carrot Top lookalike, so that's two strikes against him. His talent is singing some weird song while standing on an Edith Ann chair. His song is all "smaller isn't necessarily the lesser" and whatnot, but it makes me want to sing in response, "Short people got no reason... short people got no reason... short people got no reason to live." It's three nays from the judges.

Bad Montage. Witches in Bikinis, a coven of Baywatch Girls, apparently; Robert Myers, an impersonator who can put his outfits or wigs on correctly; and Samba Samba Samba, a bunch of chunky monkey showgirls.
Next up is the Fab Five, a group of sisters from Utah ranging in age from 23 to 35. They also have four more sisters and seven brothers because their parents really, really want to get to Heaven. The Fab Five are Irish clog dancers and I'll admit, they are quite good, though the screaming and the facial expressions are going to give me nightmares tonight. They're like cheerleaders on cocaine. Hasselhoff jokes about everybody from Utah having the same smile. It's because their magic underwear is so tight.

Kevin Skinner is our last auditoner of the day. He's a chicken catcher from Kentucky. The judges and audience all laugh at his country bumpkin ways, but he performs "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks and it's really lovely. There are a couple bum notes; it's not perfect. But it's very nice. When Kevin is done, my boyfriend remarks, "That's what Wes [from The Bachelorette] wishes he was." Piers says "There's a moment every season where someone comes on stage dressed like you are and then he starts to sing and within about 20 seconds you have me. One of the most emotional, powerful performances I've seen in a long time."