The Maddy Curtis concert

The Maddy Curtis concert February 1, 2010

Remember my blog post with video of Maddy Curtis, the 16-year-old American Idol contestant who turned out to live in the next town over from us? Well, this weekend she put on a benefit concert to raise money for Haiti at our local community arts center. My daughter and I took it in, and it was a really good show.

Maddy has a very beautiful and very mature voice. Not the typical American Idol over-the-top big voice, but one that is intense and expressive. She had great song choice, featuring bluesy classics (like “Sentimental Journey” and “Blues in the Night”) and adding in newer songs in that same tradition.

She has presence on stage, coming across as quite pleasant, down to earth, and humble. She talks easily about God and her family. She was sworn to secrecy about her fate on American Idol in the Hollywood round and respected that.

What I really respected was that in her big hometown moment she kept the focus not on herself but on the issue at hand: help for Haiti. A staff member from World Vision, the Christian humanitarian agency that the money for the concert went to, who was actually in Haiti when the earthquake hit told about her experiences there. A big screen flashed heart-rending slides of the devastation, the people of Haiti, and the relief efforts.

So, I commend Maddy Curtis to you, not just as an American Idol but as a fine young artist and an impressive Christian teenager.


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  • Speaking of Haiti, here’s a PBS piece on faith based relief work that features pastor Matt Harrison:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/january-29-2010/faith-based-help-for-haiti/5606/

  • Speaking of Haiti, here’s a PBS piece on faith based relief work that features pastor Matt Harrison:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/january-29-2010/faith-based-help-for-haiti/5606/

  • NavyMom

    I had no interest in watching AI until you reported on Maddy last week. Now, after reading your blog today, I’ll definitely keep up with her on AI. Thanks!

  • NavyMom

    I had no interest in watching AI until you reported on Maddy last week. Now, after reading your blog today, I’ll definitely keep up with her on AI. Thanks!

  • Cincinnatus

    Well she obviously didn’t make it far.

  • Cincinnatus

    Well she obviously didn’t make it far.

  • Why “obviously”? The tryouts, currently being televised, were held last summer. The Hollywood round was held some months ago. We’ll see it on tape. The live rounds, where viewers vote right after the show, won’t be held for some months. All contestants, those who made it to the top 24 and those who were cut, are at home right now. As for Maddy, there are rumors that she made it and rumors that she didn’t, but we can’t know for sure right now.

  • Why “obviously”? The tryouts, currently being televised, were held last summer. The Hollywood round was held some months ago. We’ll see it on tape. The live rounds, where viewers vote right after the show, won’t be held for some months. All contestants, those who made it to the top 24 and those who were cut, are at home right now. As for Maddy, there are rumors that she made it and rumors that she didn’t, but we can’t know for sure right now.