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At 10-years-old, Angelica Hale is a walking medical miracle. She’s also a powerhouse singer who finished her run on season 12 “America’s Got Talent” as the runner-up this past year.

In a new interview with Harry Connick Jr. on his talk show, “Harry,” Angelica charmed everyone with her sunny outlook on life and her determined spirit to share her talent with the public. Like everyone who’s met her, Harry seemed so impressed with how poised Angelica comes across in front of the lights, cameras and studio audience.

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She told him, “You know what I say to myself when I get nervous? I’ve been through so much more than this. I just say to myself, ‘You can do this!’”

Angelica has overcome more at age 10 than many of us will face in our lifetime. When she was four, Angelica came down with pneumonia and was hospitalized with septic shock. The illness caused her organs to fail, and her kidneys stopped working.

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Angelica’s father James and mother Eva were in the audience at “Harry,” and James shared the story of Eva’s role in her daughter’s healing.

He recalled, “Mommy and I got tested, and I wasn’t a match, but thankfully, [Eva] was. She was courageous enough to give Angelica one of her kidneys.”

Angelica went on to say that she’s a big believer in miracles, and she is so grateful to her mother for giving her the gift of life not once, but twice.

“I know that not all kids have those kind of supporting parents,” Angelica said.

During the interview, Angelica revealed that she started singing as a three-year-old. Her health issue didn’t stop her from pursuing that dream, either.

She said, “That was my passion. I just went on. I got put in voice lessons, and I like that. That helped me get to where I am today.”

Angelica noted that greatest musical influence is the late Whitney Houston, and she’s especially a big fan of the pop superstar’s inspirational songs.

“I love her so much, and I think we can all agree that she’s a legend,” Angelica said. “She’s amazing. I love her voice. It’s so soulful.”

You can hear Whitney’s influence as Angelica belts out Andra Day’s Grammy-nominated song “Rise Up” on the show. However, Angelica puts her own spin on the song, and it comes from a piece of advice she would give everyone trying out for “America’s Got Talent” in the years to come.

Angelica said, “Always be yourself. Be your own self. That’s what makes you stand out from the others.”

Such wise words from such a little girl. Thanks for the reminder, Angelica!

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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