Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences have voted, and 13-year-old pop singer and
songwriter Shealeigh from Chicago has been named the Season Four winner of Radio Disney’s “N.B.T.”
(Next BIG Thing), it was announced this evening by pop sensation Cody Simpson and Radio Disney on-air personality Jake Whetter, on stage at the “N.B.T.” Finale Concert at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, California. Currently in its fourth season, the recurring multi-platform program puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Over the last 10
weeks, kids, tweens and families were invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist, including Ladina Spence, Tay Barton, Hollywood Ending, Zack Montana and Shealeigh, who were all reunited for
the “N.B.T.” winner announcement.
As winner of Radio Disney’s “N.B.T.,” Shealeigh will join Ernie D in-studio for a Take Over airing FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 (6:00 p.m., ET/3:00 p.m., PT) on Radio Disney. That evening, Shealeigh will also be spotlighted in a feature airing on Disney Channel during a new episode of “A.N.T. Farm” at 8:30
p.m. ET/PT. On Saturday, December 10, Shealeigh will take the stage opening for “N.B.T.” Season Three winner Kicking Daisies, as well as “N.B.T.” alum and Disney Channel star Coco Jones (“Let It
Shine”) at Radio Disney’s final “N.B.T. On Tour” concert in Celebration, Florida. Shealeigh
will have a new single released by Disney Music Group and “What Can I Say,” the song she performed throughout “N.B.T.,” will be featured in “Radio Rebel,” an upcoming movie starring Debby Ryan that
will premiere early in 2012 on Disney Channel.
Shealeigh’s YouTube cover performance of VV Brown’s “Shark in the Water” caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres in 2010, but she started honing her musical talents long before that, singing as early as two-years-old and writing her own songs at age 10. Shealeigh is inspired by Adele for her captivating lyrics and
Taylor Swift for being a strong role model. She remembers being so moved at a Beyoncé concert that she said aloud, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life!” Her featured songs on “N.B.T.” were “What Can I Say” and “Spotlight.”