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Oprah's Karaoke winner makes local debut

November 25, 2009 12:21:50 AM PST
The winner of Oprah Winfrey's first-ever "Karaoke Challenge" has gotten a big welcome back to Los Angeles. Abraham McDonald brought home the title, and a quarter of a million dollars in prize money. McDonald made his local debut at a nightclub in the Pico-Robertson district. To the delight of the dozens who packed into the Mint nightclub, Abraham McDonald took to the stage with his own interpretation of Michael Jackson's classic, 'Rock With You'. It was what McDonald called the first step in a musical career that was just getting started.

"This is like the first night into the dream. It's like, you know, we started the journey. We're at the beginning of the beginning. And now you actually see your feet on the yellow brick road kind of lighting up," said McDonald.

It was on November 13th when McDonald was named the winner of Oprah's Karaoke Challenge. He took home $250,000 and a recording contract. But before he headed into the studio, McDonald got a feel for his audience with live shows.

"The energy is collective," explained McDonald. "So when it's big, it's rushing and you feel the crowd really drawn in. You open your mouth to sing and when you hear those keys and that guitar strung, man, it just takes you into another world."

And so for his first live performance in L.A. since his big win, McDonald invited Anna Harrington to join him on stage. Harrington was also one of Oprah's finalists.

"When he called me and said, 'Why don't you come over here?' I jumped on the first plane and I was here and now we're going to rock it out and show America and L.A. what we've got," said Harrington.


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