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“If you watched this year’s Grammy Awards, you witnessed stunning (and sometimes head-scratching) fashion, inspiring performances and another Kanye moment to discuss around the water cooler. What you missed, however, were the performances by members of the Grammy Alumni Band throughout the week leading up to the award show. Among the performers opening for nominee Hunter Hayes was Evanston’s own Ava Suppelsa, who was invited to join the alumni group after participating in Grammy Camp this past summer. This Grammy-worthy experience wasn’t Suppelsa’s first major musical accomplishment. She was also one of around 170 finalists chosen from thousands of applicants to attend National YoungArts Week in January. The program, put on by the National YoungArts Foundation, gave Suppelsa the opportunity to work with artists and songwriters like Josh Groban, Chris Young and Desmond Child.”

“An Evanston singer/songwriter is a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation finalist. The Evanston Review reported Tuesday that 17-year-old Ava Suppelsa was recently named a finalist. Suppelsa was born and raised in Evanston and now attends the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She is one of 170 finalists that were selected from a pool of 11,000 applicants nationwide and will be in Miami in January to compete for the title.”

"...the budding artist also crafts poignant numbers like “Not Today,” dedicated to a fellow Evanston Township High School student who was killed earlier this year. Expect her songwriting to become more informed; the 15-year-old was just accepted to Interlochen Center for the Arts."