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(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn:

I recently accepted a job on the West Coast. I have lived all my life on the East Coast, except for the few years I attended school in Florida.

This is the problem. I immediately joined a church, but I was not accepted into the choir. I have a fantastic voice.

GwenBainesBox

I was the main soloist in my church back home. Do you believe they had the nerve to tell me I did not make the audition into their choir?

I think I am going to change my membership—and take this Grammy Award voice elsewhere.—Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth:

Grammy Award? Are you that good? Of course, you are.

I am glad to know you believe strongly in your talent.

Let me tell you this: Do not let anyone dampen your dream of becoming a great singer.

Think about it. Luther Vandross was booed from the Apollo stage and Jennifer Hudson didn’t win the American Idol.

Elizabeth, you have to make your dreams to come true.

It is good you were turned down for the choir. They didn’t want you and you didn’t need them.

You may become our next Mahalia Jackson. Once upon a time an artist had to have a voice. Today, you don’t have to be Grammy.

Some new artists sound awful, but they are smart. They save their money and start their own recording company.

I will share this with you: Along the way you will experience much jealousy. When these stupid small-minded people say to you, “Whoever thought you would do so well?” Tell them: “I did.”

(Got a problem? Don’t solve it alone. Write to Gwendolyn Baines at: P.O. Box 10066, Raleigh, N.C. 27605-0066 or email her at: gwenbaines@hotmail.com and visit her Website at: http://www.gwenbaines.com.)

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