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Monett teen is living her "once in a lifetime" moment

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Michaela Wallace
"Wow!" was the single word posted on Michaela Wallace's Facebook page just 24 hours after her music video and song, "Justin Bieber's Girlfriend," was released on YouTube. Around 40,000 people viewed the video the first day.

Within the first week, Michaela's video had a quarter of a million views and American Idol host and pop-culture personality, Ryan Seacrest, "tweeted" on his Twitter page about the video. "Oh. My. Gosh." was Michaela's response.

The 14 year-old Monett native will tell you she is just your average teenage girl who likes to hang out with friends, shop and play sports, but she is also a teen who is making her dreams come true.

Michaela began singing as a young girl in school at Trinity Lutheran, church at St. John's Lutheran and at local ball games. It wasn't until the first of this year that Michaela began performing concerts and posting videos on Facebook of herself singing and playing cover songs via guitar or piano.

Uploading the videos paid off, and quickly. Nashville-based songwriter Deanna Harper found out about the videos and contacted Michaela about the opportunity to come to Nashville to write and record. Wallace accepted and began the album this summer with Harper, Paul Alan, Jason Collum, Julie Downs and Secrets In Stereo's Josh Ryan, who is featured on the song "Don't Make A Sound."

Another opportunity presented itself just before the album was released on iTunes. Harper had been writing with One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who just happens to be good friends with independent artist and YouTube juggernaut Tyler Ward. With just one mention of the song, Ward said, "I'll launch Michaela's video on my YouTube channel" and within 24 hours the video was posted.

Three weeks have passed since the initial posting of the music video, and Michaela is in awe at the response to her music by not only family and friends, but a newly gained fan base.

Her video has over 700,000 views, she's been interviewed for TV shows and websites alike--MTV's "The Seven," CNN Headline News' "Showbiz Tonight," Popeater.com and MSN's Wonderwall--just to name a few. Her EP jumped to #32 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and her YouTube channel was the #1 subscribed to musician channel two weeks ago, and 11th overall. Wallace has also gained over 5,000 fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter combined.

This week, Wallace's single, "Justin Bieber's Girlfriend," will be officially released for radio play in 35 major radio markets even though the song has already seen playing time on stations in major cities including New York City, Seattle, Phoenix, San Francisco and San Diego. What this means is that Michaela's fans can officially call into radio stations and request her song be played on air.

Besides the official song release, Wallace has some upcoming plans.

"I'm hoping to record an acoustic album and some additional videos, get some CDs ready, offer some free song downloads and possibly do some songs with Tyler Ward," said Michaela. "I also hope I can get some of my songs on some shows."

Michaela also noted that, "Justin Bieber's Girlfriend is not my only song." So if you aren't a Bieb's fan or you're too old to be his boyfriend, there are definitely other songs by Michaela worth checking out.

"The last few weeks have been really crazy, shocking, and I can't believe it's all happened so fast," the Monett teen said.

Her parents, Mike and Diann, coupled these thoughts.

"It's been fun and a little overwhelming over the past few weeks. It's been crazy at times but we appreciate all the support--we've just had an overwhelming amount of support. Our daughter Lacey has really been a big help, too. She's a journalism major and has helped out with various things, including work on Michaela's website."

"One of the music producers we worked with noted that this is 'once in a lifetime' for our daughter," adds Mike. After all, Justin Bieber jokes that he is from a "small town" of 30,000 and made it. "I'm from a town of like, 7,000," smiles Michaela. Yes, this is the start of "once in a lifetime" for sure.

You can view Michaela's videos at www.michaelawallacemusic.com or on YouTube, add her on Facebook, purchase her four-song EP on iTunes or follow her on Twitter at @its_michaela. Look for or upload your own fan videos on YouTube.com/michaelawallacemusic.

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