Many in Baldwinsville have known Julia Goodwin belonged under a spotlight for a long time.
??We went to preschool together. She gave out CD??s of herself singing as birthday favors one year,?? recalled fellow Baker High School junior Erin Rayo. ??I pretty much knew she was destined for big things.??
While Goodwin??s talents were fairly well known in Baldwinsville, after her appearance on America??s Got Talent this season, Goodwin??s booming vocals and timeless voice turned heads across the nation.
Her home town in Central New York couldn??t be more proud.
After a whirlwind summer, that included time under the lights of Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Goodwin is beginning to settle back in to life in Baldwinsville, NY.
Her AP course load, lacrosse practices and choral rehearsals will begin soon enough, but before Goodwin returns to the normal life of a high school junior, her home town hoped to dole out one last taste of celebrity treatment. On Tuesday, Baldwinsville mayor Richard Clarke declared August 26, 2014, ??Julia Goodwin Day?? and invited fans, new and old, to celebrate Goodwin??s achievements with a celebration on Paper Mill Island.
Neighbors packed the park for a short performance featuring Goodwin and her father, John, accompanying her on piano.
"People were coming up to me who I hadn't seen in a long time and to see that they still have so much support for me is crazy so I'm so thankful,?? said Goodwin after signing autographs and taking pictures with fans for more than an hour.
Goodwin??s performance ranged from Billy Joel to Maroon 5, the crowd pleasing, go-to songs she??s perfected over countless performances over the years. But Goodwin also treated her hometown fans to something unique as well. For the first time in front of an audience, the 16-year-old singer songwriter debuted an original song of her own.
??I had all the support of my community here tonight so I thought there'd be no better place to try it and I'm really glad that I did," said Goodwin.
Though back in Baldwinsville Goodwin may be far from the spotlight, she likely won??t be out of it very long.
"From here, I just keep pounding the pavement," said Goodwin. "I want to be a singer songwriter someday and hopefully that's going to happen."