N.C. - Charly Lowry often told herself, "Just be Charly,"
when she went on stage to perform as a contestant in the "American
Idol" competition. Her positive outlook brought her to the
next round of competition televised on Feb. 24. She was up against
seven other talented singers, all looking forward to becoming the
next American Idol.
the contest, Lowry sang Aretha Franklins "Chain of Fools,"
with energetic, athletic and graceful motions. Wearing a pink dress
and with her parents looking on, she reached for the sounds of soul
in her voice. When she finished, Randy Jackson wasnt too complimentary,
but Paula Abdul told her that she had the rhythm and "the spirit
of your performance." She added, "Were looking for
more of a tiger performance."
Cowell told her that he liked her performance. Jackson was in disbelief
and Abdul gave Cowell a kiss on the cheek for his positive response.
"I think it was great. I really, really do," Cowell said.
Cowell had given poor reviews to the four previous performers.
her taped introduction, aired just before she went on stage, Lowry
told some 30,000,000 viewers, "I am a member of the Lumbee
tribe. Its the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River,"
while attempting to hold back her tears. Then she walked on stage
and began to sing.
like to move around on stage," she told USA Today earlier.
"I like to be a flamboyant
off stage she remains shy and avoids the cameras.
performed for one of six spots in this round of competition. Four
were filled in the previous contests and only two remain.
by telephone for the contestants was held immediately after the
show. Results were not available before press time. The two winners
will join the other four in advancing to a competition for a recording
20, is a member of the Lumbee tribe of southeast North Carolina.
Lumbee has 40,000 members in North Carolina. They have been trying
to become federally recognized since the late 1800s. She is the
daughter of Gregory and Delores Lowry of Pembroke. Her parents still
live in her hometown where she attended Purnell Swett High School.
a student there, she ran cross country. In January 2001, she finished
21st with a time of 23 minutes and 32 seconds at the Two Rivers
State 4-A conference championship meet. She was also an honor student
and is a member of UNITY, the North Carolina Native American Youth
Organization, and the Seventh Generation Dance Troupe.
is currently a sophomore at University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. Her major studies are in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Among her goals in life is to have an anchor spot on CNN.
her foremost goal is to become a professional singer and a performer,
but she also wants to get married and raise five boys for her own
told "American Idol," "If I dont make it on
"American Idol," hopefully someone will see that spark
in me and want to put me on their team. If not, Ill still
pursue a singing career while working on my degree at school."
started singing and performing when she was four years old, and
at the age of six, she participated in pageants, singing, "Part
of Your World," from the "Little Mermaid."
high school, she received three months of formal training in singing
before going off to college.
listens to a variety of music from rhythm and blues to rock to jazz.
Among her favorite female pop artists are Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncè.
explained to "American Idol" that sometimes she still
gets nervous before a performance. "So much so," she said,
"that I feel nauseated. I start shaking all over the place,
because I cant control my nerves at the time. I need to work
she would like to be a great songwriter. She hopes that in the future,
people will feel her emotions, sad or happy, through her words and
Lumbee tribe in cooperation with University of North Carolina at
Pembroke held a gathering in support of on Feb. 24. Lowrys
performance was also aired at the student center.