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I've been playing music for over 30 years. Started in the late 60s. I try singing, I just don't do it that well, but I get along, I play guitar, and I recently taught myself to play keyboards. I love my 12 string acoustic/ electric guitar it has a very unique sound. I also like my Fender Tele electric guitar. I love music of all kinds and have turned part of his garage into a sound studio.
At 21-years-old Addison resident Arica Arnold was chosen as the 2009 Twin Tiers Idol, beating out other finalists Emily Roe, Emily Arnold, Joellen Howell and Annastasia Scott.
Arnold earned a trip to Denver to audition for the next “American Idol” season.
“I’m still shaking,” Arnold said after being named the 2009 winner. “It’s such a feeling. You wait all your life for this opportunity. It’s the most amazing feeling ever.”
For the finals, Arnold sang Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb”, Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
She said the Houston song was the most challenging.
“Whitney Houston is such a huge singer,” Arnold said. “I felt it was my most powerful song. It showed off my voice range.”
Tim Sanphy, one of the judges of this year’s contest, said Arnold’s voice and stage presence made her stand out from the other contestants.
“She has an incredibly unique voice,” Sanphy said. “She continues to relate personally to the audience. She has this soft, beautiful side people relate to.”
Arnold said she enjoyed the competition. She urged anyone thinking of competing next year to give it a try.
“It’s so fun, even if you don’t win,” Arnold said. “Having everyone listen to you do something you enjoy doing is the best feeling.”