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Important people were left out of Aubrey Cleland article

A recent article was published (March 28) on Aubrey Cleland, who will be touring with “American Idol” this summer. The article was nicely done, but left out some important people and information that I wanted to mention.

Aubrey is a third-generation West Linn native. Her maternal grandparents, Clyde and Rachelle Bagley, have been residents of West Linn for over 50 years and live just up the road from Aubrey in the home where Aubrey’s mother, Renee, grew up.

Aubrey’s grandmother, Rachelle, is a talented seamstress and made many of Aubrey’s dresses for her “American Idol” performances. Rachelle worked full time as a nutritionist for the state of Oregon until she retired. She is an amazing mother and grandmother, so caring and loving.

Her husband, Clyde, is a fantastic farmer and retired from Franz Bread Company of Portland. He introduced both Aubrey and her brother, Ty, to a multitude of farm animals and provided a home to Aubrey’s very first horse. He is incredibly hard working and has a true gift with animals.

Renee Cleland, Aubrey’s mother, has been a resident of West Linn for 50 years and is a graduate of West Linn High School, class of 1980. Renee was crowned Miss Oregon in 1984, where her singing talent was debuted. Renee has been singing most of her adult life and passed her love of performing and singing on to Aubrey. Renee was a member of the Leyden Singers for 15 years performing both with the Oregon Symphony Pops and the Seattle Symphony Pops.

Aubrey also performed with Renee on stage at the age of 10 at the Civic Auditorium. I happened to have attended that performance and was astonished by Aubrey’s voice and her poise on stage. She was truly magnificent.

Thane Cleland, Aubrey’s dad, is an incredible father and athlete. He is so supportive and encouraging to his children. I don’t know if Thane has any singing talents, but I do know that he is extremely kindhearted and has passed that on to his daughter.

Aubrey is not only a beautiful and gifted singer, she also is a delightful, sweet young woman. It is not a wonder with the awesome foundation she has that she has excelled to such a high degree.

I love this entire family and I am so excited for Aubrey and her summer music tour with “American Idol.”

Heide Hendrick lives in Aurora.



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