I know my columns have not been appearing as of late. Things have been crazy with work and all. Also, Matt and I have decided that, in order to keep Vinylmation Kingdom up and running, Walt’s Kingdom will unfortunately have to shutter. It is sad, I know. However, certain columns, in addition to Up in the Attic, will be moving over to this site for extra content, like…
The Spotlight Series
This series will shed some light on individual artists, performers, and collectors who have Disney coursing thru their blood. Now, the following article appeared back in June on Walt’s Kingdom. However, I have a followup article to appear in the near future, so I wanted to share the first part of this now two-part article. So, without further adieu…
Spotlight On: Heather Traska
Heather is an 18 year old from Wisconsin who just graduated high school. That’s normal, right? Most 18 year olds graduate high school. However, Heather is also somewhat of an internet celebrity. Why? Well, she loves to compose and record YouTube videos of popular songs. Last year, she started to gain somewhat of a following. That is, until she released “One Woman A Capella Disney Medley“. I invite you view the video… any Disney fan would love it.
Here are some facts about the video, which has been viewed over 810,000 times since it was uploaded November of last year (UPDATE: As of September, it is now over 1 million):
-13 main songs
-13 “quoted” songs
-1 month to edit
- Makeup, costumes, and editing all done by Heather.
- All singing done by Heather.
To say that I find this video amazing is putting it mildly. The dedication that this high school senior took to produce this, in addition to keeping up her grades in school… Bravo!
Immediately, she went viral. I, like many others, started following her on facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Since then, she has released other videos, including an Adele medley, also A Capella. You can see all of her work on YouTube.
Then, this past month, Heather graduated high school.
Where did she go to celebrate? Walt Disney World of course! Heather shared with her internet “family” pictures from the trip, including this one of her in front of the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.
Heather then tried out for the American Idol Experience… and WON the Finale Show! She shared pictures from the day’s preceedings:
Now that she has her very own Dream Ticket, maybe we shall see her grace our TVs and she will become “the NEXT American Idol”. She def has the chops and vocal talent to do so.
Heather will be attending Tiffin University in Ohio come this fall. I have a feeling we have not heard the last of her. Congrats on your achievements, Heather. We look forward to seeing more Disney awesomeness inevitably coming from your direction.
Update: Heather was gracious enough to give a small interview exclusively with me, so stay tuned for Part #2…