The youngest member of the Polio Plus Concert cast may be short in stature but tall in talent.
Gracie Metheny is 9 years old. In many ways, Gracie is just like any other young girl: playing with her American Girl dolls and her new puppy, Sally.
But when it comes to music, singing and playing her guitar, Gracie is more like a much older - and taller - emerging talent destined for stardom.
Gracie's dream is to travel on a tour bus and perform all over the country; a dream that is supported by her friends and family. Gracie is the daughter of Jeremy and Brandie Metheny, granddaughter of Carman and Jean Metheny and David and Shelva See, and great-granddaughter of Louise See. She attends North Elementary School in Susan Isner's fourth-grade class.
Gracie has been singing since age 5, and has studied guitar for almost two years. She is a Grand Champion Talent Show winner in the Mountain State Forest Festival. Other performances and contests include singing with Johnny Cochran and the Trailblazers in Lost Creek, Seth Maynard at the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, at the Gandy Dancer, Elkins Tough Man Contest, Martin Street Fair, Coalton Days Pageants, karaoke contests, West Virginia Strawberry Festival - Strawberry Idol and North Elementary Christmas program and school talent shows.
Most recently, Gracie appeared on The Owen Bradley Talent Search, held in Westmoreland, Tenn., performing for Nashville producers, record label A and R reps and booking agents.
Gracie's talents do not stop at singing and playing guitar. She also plays the saxophone and aspires to learn fiddle and banjo. She has been writing original songs and plans to pursue a career in music, hoping someday to compete in "America's Got Talent."
Gracie's musical skills will be presented during the Polio Plus Concert - a performance the entire family will enjoy.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. today. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seats are general admission, and all funds collected from ticket sales will be used to support the eradication of polio.