13-year-old Savannah DeGroote began performing on stage three years ago. It all started when she sang karaoke during a sleepover and a friend's mom overheard.
"She told me I should go out for the school talent show. I was in fourth grade at age 10," said Savannah DeGroote.
After her talent show performance, Savannah started singing the national anthem at various events.
Dennis Halverson with the Dennis Wayne Gang Band heard Savannah sing the National Anthem, was impressed with her raw talent and asked her to join the band.
Savannah still sings with the Dennis Wayne Gang Band. She also joined Eleventh Hour.
"She has a passion for what she's doing. She's fun to watch. She's got a great voice," said Dennis Halverson.
Savannah just released her first album called gratitude.
"Because gratitude is thankfulness, and I thank my fans for supporting me and liking my facebook page and following me," said Savannah DeGroote.
Those who perform with Savannah said she sings from the heart and she has a gutsy voice. The country/rock singer hopes she can make singing and performing her career.
Dennis Halverson hopes the community supports Savannah and other young singers in the Waterloo area pursuing their dreams.
Savannah's album "Gratitude" is available on iTunes and other music download sites. She recorded the record in Nashville where country music star Taylor Swift also records.
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