Me with Abby & Sarah Ginsburg and the personalized guitars given to them by the lovely Ellen DeGeneres (and autographed by the one and only Sam Smith)!
Remember being a little kid and dreaming of meeting your favourite celebrity? May have been a rockstar, a basketball player, an Olympic champion, a movie star, an author, a singer…
Back in 1999 when I was about 10 years old I would have loved to meet the Backstreet Boys. I had the CDs, the posters, the biographies bought at the Scholastic school book fairs…but while I was a mega fan, I missed every chance of seeing them in concert. Maybe when they have another reunion tour in the future I’ll go see them to make my 10-year-old self happy. Or maybe I’ll eventually reach such great journalistic heights that I’ll be able to meet them and interview them.
But sometimes dreams do come true and kids do get to meet their idols! For 10-year-old twins Abby & Sarah Ginsburg, they were happily surprised a few weeks ago when they got a call from The Ellen DeGeneres Show inviting them for an interview with Ellen herself and to meet one of their favourite celebrities.
Now, you may have already heard of Abby & Sarah and you may have already seen the video of them on The Ellen Show (it already has over 1 million views!!!). But if you haven’t–rather than jumping ahead with the story–you should first watch the video below. 🙂
So as you can see from the video, Abby & Sarah were invited on The Ellen DeGeneres show to perform their beautiful cover mashup of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One”. Now, how many 10-year-olds have been interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres, performed on national television and been watched by millions? Not many! So already that is pretty darn impressive!
And as you’ve probably guessed, the twins are big fans of Sam Smith and they got to meet him thanks to Ellen! While meeting Ellen DeGeneres and being on her show was amazing in and of itself, the girls later got to meet Sam Smith and were given front row seats at his special performance on Ellen DeGeneres’ special birthday show the day after their interview (not to mention that Ellen gave them a couple lovely acoustic guitars autographed by Sam). 🙂
So after I watched Abby & Sarah’s performance on Ellen, I was so amazed by their talent that I wanted to interview them for the final episode of my radio show! And after a few emails were exchanged, I was fortunate enough to be granted the chance to chat with the girls and hear all about their experience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, meeting Ellen and Sam, performing on live TV, how they got involved with music, their musical inspirations and the YouTube channel they’re working on. 🙂
And I must say, I have interviewed MANY amazing musicians/bands but my interview with Abby & Sarah may be my all-time favourite…or at least within my top 3!
So without further ado, here’s the podcast featuring my full interview with Abby & Sarah for your listening pleasure (note: it aired live on February 13th which is why you’ll hear a few Valentine’s Day references). Enjoy! 🙂
To further support Abby & Sarah so they’ll continue to amaze us with their talents, here’s a link to their new YouTube channel which you can subscribe to so you can keep up with the new music they’ll be sharing. Right now you can check out their cover of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” !
And who did YOU dream of meeting when you were a little kid? And did you ever get to meet them? Comment with your story below! 🙂