Rice Creek Elementary School student Alana Inez Wilson has been nominated to win an award in the 36th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
The fourth grade student, who uses the stage name of Alana Inez, is in the finals for Youth Project of the Year. Her album is titled Child of the King and is in category 24 of the contest.
“I always wanted to write songs like my mom. I started writing one day, then I stopped and I started again and I was able to complete my album,” Alana said. “I want to thank my parents and my entire support system for getting me into the studio and working with me on my vocals and music.”
Alana’s parents, Sean Johnson and Laura Johnson both have experience in music and are employees of Richland Two. Laura Johnson said she noticed her daughter was gifted with perfect pitch at a young age and hoped she would develop a love for music.
“We are so grateful to God for the work He is doing through Alana. She is a humble loving child and so appreciative of her special ability,” said Johnson. “We need the entire Richland Two family to use their cell phones, tablets, desktop computers, whatever you have, and vote for Alana by April 19th.”
Community votes will determine the entries that move on to become the Stellar Awards winners. Three votes per household are allowed and voting ends Apr. 19.