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Shes a natural

Keeley Anderson to compete in Portland Teen Idol finale
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Keeley Anderson belts it out during one of her performances in the Portland Teen Idol competition. The finale takes place on Saturday.

This Saturday, June 18, West Linn resident Keeley Anderson, 15, will compete in the finale of Portland Teen Idol at the Tiffany Center in downtown Portland.

'Being on Portland Teen Idol has been so much fun,' Anderson said. 'I have become close friends with a lot of the other contestants, and I've learned a lot about the music industry, too.'

As only a freshman, Anderson, a West Linn High School student, has already co-written and recorded an original song and has taken first place at two local singing competitions. Portland Teen Idol is Anderson's third singing competition ever.

As an eighth-grader, Anderson took first place in her middle school singing competition, Athey Idol. Last year, she tied for first place at the Clackamas County Fair talent show for her rendition of 'Home Sweet Home.'

Despite her impressive track record, when it comes to her experience on Portland Teen Idol, Anderson said she feels that 'it's not so much about winning anymore.'

One of the perks promised to the competition's first-place winner is the chance to record a song with pop musician Geoff Byrd, which Anderson already accomplished earlier this year.

'Recording with Geoff Byrd was a great learning experience and a lot of fun,' Anderson said, adding that working with him also taught her a lot about songwriting, which is something she definitely wants to pursue in the future.

The final product of Anderson and Byrd's collaboration, an original single entitled, 'Lighten Up,' is now available for purchase on iTunes and on Anderson's website, www.keeleyandersonmusic.com.

As one of the top 11 finalists of the Portland Teen Idol competition, Anderson has already earned herself a spot in this year's Portland Teen Idol tour, which will be featured at local events such as Movies in the Parks and Blazer and Timbers games and will potentially make an appearance at Damascus Days.

To take her competitive singing to the next level, Anderson will be auditioning for American Idol this summer when the hit series comes to Portland for the first time ever.

As far as the future goes, Anderson plans to focus on academics throughout the rest of her high school career to keep college an option, but her ultimate goal is to be recording music in Los Angeles by the time she is 18.

'I want to inspire people with my music and be a good role model,' Anderson said.

Fortunately, her local experiences have already taught her a great deal about the music industry. Specifically, she cited Byrd's words of wisdom as one of the most valuable things she has learned about songwriting and her career in general.

'He taught me that it'll come if it's supposed to come. Everything should be natural,' she explained.

To support Anderson, please 'like' her fanpage on Facebook, 'Keeley Anderson,' (her Facebook page is also linked through her website), where there will be a link to purchase tickets for the Portland Teen Idol finale on Saturday.