SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (WCBS 880) – A local Jersey girl earned her biggest opportunity of her young singing career yet when she earned a spot in the musical film “Standing Ovation.”
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Now that the film is done, 15-year-old Na’jee Wilson’s giving back to the same organization that put her on the path, the Boys and Girls Club.
Wilson won a scholarship through the Club and that scholarship paid for singing lessons. On Saturday, she will be performing on Saturday with her co-stars at a Boys and Girls Club in South Orange.
“Because of them I was able to stay there long enough so then my music coach told me I want you to be in this film called ‘Standing Ovation,’” Wilson said.
The Vineland teen got a lead role in that musical film, “Standing Ovation.” Two years after opening for Smokey Robinson at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Wilson says she hopes others without much money know they can too
“Don’t give up. Have fun and you never know what is going to knock at your door,” she said.
Wilson said she wants to be an example and inspire others in the same position that she once was in.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fund-A-Dream program, which supports the educational dreams of Club members who have little or no means of fulfilling them.