Monday, July 22, 2024

Remember Lady Gaga’s “Protege,” Maria Aragon? She’s 15 Now and Going Viral with “Ave Maria”


Maria Aragon blew everyone away four years ago when– at age 11– she performed “Born this Way” on stage in Toronto with Lady Gaga.

She even got a shot on “Ellen”:

Well, Maria’s 15 now and has blossomed into quite the singer. She just performed “Ave Maria” with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to a live audience of over 2000 people at Centennial Hall, and caused a sensation. Here’s the video:

You can download this track at, an exciting, brand new music site described as “the first and only website in the history of the internet to deliver curated and produced content from it’s artists to the entire world, entirely free, in both streaming and download formats, without any advertising and without the requirement for personal information to access the content.”

As for Maria, I’m told she’s making her first album with Whitney Houston’s original producer, multiple Grammy Award winner Narada Michael Walden. So hold on. Before 2016 is out we may have a new teen superstar. Sure sounds like it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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