Always chase your dreams, no matter how big or small they are. If your passion for something outweighs everything else, then go after it and persevere.

Sometimes our goals in life can be costly, and it takes help from others to make the dreams become reality -- $15,000 to be exact.

Although it's not an easy feat, this dreamer is not giving up.

Meet 13-year-old Kyla Carmichael from Westport, whose heart is as big as her voice. This August, she'll sing on the big stage in Los Angeles, her official singing debut with a talent agency, in hopes of connecting with an even bigger name within the industry.

Carmichael was born with a visual impairment called ONH (optic nerve hypoplasia). Her optic nerves are underdeveloped.

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"This, unfortunately, made me classified as legally blind at birth," Carmichael said. "With this, life has brought many obstacles, but I continue to face them like they never even exist."

Carmichael has been singing since she can remember and is hoping that her practice and hard work pays off in L.A. On Saturday, June 25, Carmichael will host and sing at the Holy Ghost Club on Sodom Road in Westport for a good old-fashioned fish fry and clam chowder jamboree.

Proceeds will help her get one step closer to stardom. All are welcome.

Chowder will be served at 2:30 and fish will be served at 4. The $25 ticket price includes food. Donations of $10 will also be accepted.

Let's help Carmichael live out her dream as a singer on the big stage and get our local Westport girl to the West Coast. For tickets and more information, contact

    • Keri (774) 201-1194
    • Butch- (508) 889-2913
    • Lisa (508) 509-8901

"If you can dream it, we can do it!" -Kyla Carmichael


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