Bowled over by instant fame: Sarah Horn’s spontaneous duet with Kristin Chenoweth

Last Friday she was plucked from an audience of thousands at the Hollywood Bowl and led onstage to sing a duet with her idol, Kristin Chenoweth. The video of Horn and Chenoweth performing the song “For Good,” from the musical “Wicked,” has since racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube. Now the Hollywood Bowl has invited the (until recently) unknown vocal instructor from Riverside, Calif., back to its stage as a “special guest.” Horn will guest judge the Hollywood Bowl’s ABBACappella competition the evening of Sept. 8.
“It’s just amazing for me to be invited to sing at the Bowl on purpose!,” Horn says. “When I was sitting at the (Chenoweth) concert last Friday night, I said to my friend Mike Kestler, who shot the video, ‘Someday we’ll both be up on that stage.’ He’s a pianist. I didn’t think it would be so soon.”
The ABBA singoff style competition will feature three local a cappella groups: the Scattertones from UCLA, the SoCal VoCals from USC and Chapman University’s SoundCheck. The groups will perform ABBA favorites such as “Take a Chance on Me” and “Money, Money, Money.” Onstage at the Bowl, Horn more than held her own beside Chenoweth, belting out her portion of the song with stage presence, vocal depth and polish. She blew the audience away (and, no, she insists, she was not a plant); at one point Chenoweth who had no idea the 26yearold she’d pulled from the audience could really sing gasped: “Holy crap! Harmony!” Horn’s talent is not lost on the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to judging, Horn also will perform the night of the ABBACappella competition along with Swedish ABBA tribute band, ABBA the Concert though
the Hollywood Bowl won’t yet say what Horn will be singing or with whom.
Life, post-transformation to Internet sensation, has been beyond busy for Horn. For one, type “Sarah” into YouTube’s search box and Horn’s is currently the top name that pops up (followed by Sarah McLachlan and Sarah Brightman).
The sudden press blitz that followed Horn out of the Bowl that evening has included appearances on “Inside Edition,” NBC online, most of L.A.’s local TV news outlets and an interview with Musical Theatre Magazine. In her first-person account of the Chenoweth incident posted on, Horn called the whirl of attention “a smoothie of overwhelming awesomeness.” Yes, her shoot for the moon wish list of career highs still includes an appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and performing at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre; but she says the media frenzy has made Horn appreciate the quiet, “normal” moments even more. She hopes to use her instant fame to encourage others to pursue their performing dreams, she says.

Source: ArcaMax

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