For most people, the life of a music superstar is a far-off dream, but for 14-year-old local Denium Elle it could soon be a reality. Last year, Tate Music Group signed the local teen after she attended the Actors, Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC) convention in Florida, and she has since released her first album.

Elle began her music career even younger, however, singing solos in her church’s choir ever since first grade. When she enrolled in the Do Re Mi School of the Arts several years ago, Elle was able to experience the whole spectrum of performing (singing, dancing and acting) through musical theater. Elle also plays both the guitar and the piano.

“I always knew I wanted to do some type of performing,” Elle said. “I’ve always loved it since I was little.”

But not many freshmen will be able to say that they’re already signed and performing artists like Elle this month. Although Elle’s been singing for almost her whole life, it wasn’t until the AMTC convention that she was given the opportunity to jump-start her career. After hearing Elle perform and learning that she was both a singer and a songwriter, Tate Music Group watched her videos on YouTube and made the decision to sign her.

“I am so thankful for my agency to have signed me,” Elle said. “I think the hardest part is getting out there, and I found a great agency and a great opportunity.”

The music industry is tough, though, especially for someone as young as Elle, but starting so young also gives her the potential to become America’s next top artist.

“Being so young I know that it’s harder to get out there,” Elle said. “You may make it or break it, but the courage to get out there is the most important part.”

Already a success and with her first album out, though, it’s not hard to see Elle as famous in the years to come.

Like her role models Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood, Elle describes her voice as country, although she loves jazz and pop as well. The teen’s real inspiration, however, doesn’t come from famous singers but from the people around her, especially kids. Her songs focus on getting through hard times, and letting kids know that someone like her is going through the same things that they are.

As Elle continues her journey as a singer, giving concerts and promoting her album, she says the whole experience is surreal.

“It’s hard to put into words; it’s indescribable,” Elle said. “The real amazing part is that I’m actually on the bridge to get there.”

Elle can be contacted through her business Facebook page, and her music can be seen on her YouTube channel, deniumelle.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mitchell Hammer is a senior at Desert Vista High School. He is interning this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

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