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Germantown Academy student Jess Araten, 16, is living a dream.
“This is insane! I’m trying not to freak out…but I’m freaking out!,” said Araten, according to a press release from GA. Araten, along with other young musicians, will be performing today in Los Angeles as part of “GRAMMY in the Schools Live!” featuring five-time GRAMMY award nominee Hunter Hayes. The performance will be held at Club Nokia.
In the summer of 2014, the GRAMMY Foundation invited Araten as one of only a handful of guitarists nationwide to participate in its selective GRAMMY Camp. She spent nine days as one of only two guitarists in Brooklyn’s Converse Rubber Tracks Studio where she was taught by GRAMMY award winning/nominated musicians, producers, and industry professionals, surrounded by other talented high school students pursuing their passions. The week culminated in a Launch Party at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School last August.
“I hope to one day be standing on the stage receiving a GRAMMY Award. This experience makes my dream feel like a real possibility!,” Araten said in a press release.
Araten has been making music since she saved up “Toys r Us” gift cards to buy her first guitar at just nine years old. It was love at first chord. At Germantown Academy, she plays guitar in the jazz band, musical pit bands, talent shows and coffee houses .
Araten, of Gwynedd Valley, toured with the School of Rock National All Stars (one of 125 All-stars out of 14,000 School of Rock students), recently opened for Norah Jones’s new band, played lead guitar at Interlochen’s Summer Rock Program, and currently tours throughout the Philadelphia area with her own band, The Third Rail.
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