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April 8, 2014

Diaz talent show victory came from a love for singing

DUNCAN — Sonia Diaz, an 18-year-old Duncan High School senior, won the “We’ve got Talent” show competition with her rendition of the Carrie Underwood song “See You Again.”

She was as surprised as anyone who attended the Duncan Little Theater fundraiser show on Saturday night.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect it,” Diaz said. “I just wanted to sing. Don’t get me wrong. I’m extremely excited.”

This was Diaz’s first year to compete in the annual talent show, but her talent came through, pushing her ahead of the 17 other performers.

Diaz has been singing since she was 8. Working with Kevin Zinn, the director of Reflections Show Choir and other Duncan High School choirs has helped develop her talent, she said.

“I tried out for the talent show my freshman year and didn’t get in,” Diaz said. “He’s helped me so much. He’s helped my tone a lot.”

Outside of her time in choir and Reflections, Diaz never has taken voice lessons. She said she sings “by ear,” using her natural talent.

 Singing for Diaz is a passion, a way of telling a story.

“I just enjoy expressing myself with music,” she said. “That’s why I pick songs that tell a story.”

She chose to sing the Underwood song because of its deeper meaning, especially because Underwood is an Oklahoma native.


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