Galloway preteen wows again on "AGT"

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 GALLOWAY– Mara Justine Platt, the Galloway preteen who wowed judges on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" last month, did it again with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” during Judgment Week on the show, which aired Tuesday, July 22.

As part of her selection by “AGT,” Platt, 12, will perform at Radio City Music Hall (airing 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC). NBC has not announced the date of her next appearance.

Platt, who will be a student at the Galloway Middle School in the fall, spoke a bit about her experience.

“I was still very nervous at the second audition because the judges have to narrow down acts and anything could happen,” she said in an email.

During the performance she appeared calm and confident, showing the judges she has what it takes with a strong, beautiful voice that commands attention. And it did with judges and viewers alike almost in awe of the young girl’s talent.

Platt said her family was so excited and they are so supportive of her singing and fulfilling her dream. She said her "Momma," Linda, 44, is her number one supporter. Platt’s siblings Alaina, 19, Jacey, 17, Bill, 13, and Mason, 9, are overjoyed by her success.

To prepare for the show, Platt said she did the same as she did for the prior show. She worked very hard, practiced and did a lot of praying.

For the successful preteen the best advice she would give her peers who aspire to singing is to, “Do the best you can, have fun and sing your heart and soul out wherever you may go”

Platt said she hopes this performances lead to something bigger, perhaps a future in professional singing.

“I am praying and hoping that doors will open for me -- that would be my dream come true. My biggest goal is to become a singer that will inspire people, that will make people happy,” Platt said.

Maybe it is destiny.

“I can remember my mom always said to me, ‘You're going to be a star someday, baby.’ There's nothing else I'd rather be. Music and singing is my home.”

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