The judges loved Julia Goodwin tonight on America's Got Talent . The likes of Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum all praised the 16 year old students at Baldwinsville's Baker High School for her rendition of the Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind". Julia advanced through tonight's season premier of the hit NBC 3 summertime entertainment variety show.
This may be Julia's national television debut, but it is not her first big break. A year ago she won the prestigious prize of best singer at The Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition created by Michael Feinstein.
That top prize made her the Youth Ambassador of the Great American Songbook. She has performed with Michael Feinstein. She has played the Birdland jazz club in New York City. She even sang the National Anthem at an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Of course, the National Anthem is old hat for Julia as the first big arena she played was Syracuse's own Carrier Dome six years ago.
The producers of America's Got Talent found Julia's performances on her YouTube page where she has developed each years as a musician and artists.
Julia's high school choral conductor Colin Keating is continually impressed by the voice that comes from this promising teen. "It's amazing to watch a 15 or 16 year old open her mouth and sing like that because you feel like you're watching someone in their 30's who's been working at this for years and years," said Keating. "When she sings everyone just kind of leans forward and you want to hear more from her."
America's Got Talent airs each Tuesday night on NBC.