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Ayla Brown Height Born July 28, 1988, Wrentham, Massachusetts
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Ayla Brown: singing sensation and basketball star Ayla Brown has been singing for as long as she can remember. Born July 28, 1988 to Scott P. Brown and Gail Huff, Ayla is a native of Wrentham, Massachusetts. Her father is a Massachusetts State Senator and her mother is a local news reporter for Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV. Ayla also has a younger sister, Arianna, 15. Ayla attended the prestigious Noble & Greenough school in Dedham, Massachusetts for her high school career. While at Nobles, Ayla’s basketball skills were perfected thanks to her dedication and hard work. Ayla’s accomplishments in basketball include being the 20th Massachusetts female to score 2,000 points in a high school basketball career (she scored a total of 2,358 points), and being a two-time ‘Gatorade Player of the Year.’ Ayla’s talent on the court impressed Boston College scouts, and so she was offered a full athletic scholarship to play for the Eagles women’s basketball team. Although she had performed at various events, Ayla’s singing career didn’t take off until she auditioned for the number one hit television show ‘American Idol.’
Ayla’s journey on ‘American Idol’ began back in August of 2005, when she waited with her mother in line at Gillette Stadium for 18 hours in the rain. After impressing producers in the preliminary rounds of auditioning, Ayla was sent before the three celebrity judges in Boston. She chose to sing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ Simon Cowell felt her performance was a bit ‘robotic,’ but she was granted a ticket to Hollywood thanks to Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
While in Hollywood, Ayla survived a series of cuts, and ultimately was given a pass to the Top 24. Ayla impressed audiences week after week, singing Christina Aguilera’s ‘Reflection,’ Celine Dion’s ‘I Want You to Need Me,’ and Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten.’ Unfortunately, Ayla’s journey on ‘Idol’ came to an end on March 9th, when she was eliminated from the competition and finished 13th-place. Ayla left the competition with her head held high, telling host Ryan Seacrest, “The most valuable lesson for me personally has been to realize what’s important in life…just knowing what’s important and working hard for something that you’re really passionate about, and I was really passionate about basketball but equally as passionate about something like this.”
After closing the chapter of ‘American Idol’ in her life, Ayla seized the opportunities presented to her by making numerous Boston-area appearances over the following months. Some notable appearances include singing the National Anthem at a Red Sox game and Boston’s Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade, performing in front of an audience of over 20,000 at Kiss 108 FM’s annual Kiss Concert in Mansfield, MA, and appearing at the second annual ‘Hot Stove, Cool Music’ concert at Fenway Park. With an album on its way and a college basketball career ahead of her, it’s easy to see that today is where her book begins, and the rest is still unwritten.
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