Up Close and Personal with CFK’s Got Talent Winner, Niya!

Monica LaBadia


Hot off her first place win at CFK’s talent show, CFK’s Got Talent, the lovely Niya sat down with CFK so we could all get to know her a little better!

Name: Niya

Age: 12 years old

Grade: 6th

School: Channel View School for Research

Talent: Singing

CFK: How did you first get involved in singing?

Niya: Everyone in my family is a singer. My Mom says I started singing when I was only a few months old! When I was about 5 or 7 years old, I became a serious singer.

CFK: Do you take singing lessons?

Niya: No, I am self-taught. I listen to my family sing and learn from them by ear.

CFK: Where do you like to sing?

Niya: I sing in church. My whole family goes to church together.

CFK: What’s your favorite style of music to sing?

Niya: Gospel is my favorite, but I also like to sing R&B and Disney.

CFK: What’s your favorite place in the whole world?

Niya: I love Canada, I saw Niagara Falls.

CFK: Who is your favorite singer?

Niya: My favorite singer is my Mom.

Thanks for chatting with us, Niya! Niya is the proud first place winner of CFK’s first talent show. CFK’s Got Talent was last Friday night and was a huge hit! Using zoom, we watched kids from all over the world showcasing their singing, drawing, dancing, and even math skills! Thanks to our guest judges, our audience, and to all the kids who participated! These are changing times and we are so proud to #ChangeTogether.

Monica LaBadiaFor Monica, every child is valuable and deserves to be heard. Originally from Los Angeles, prior to joining CFK, Monica worked in various roles within the non-profit arts and education spaces, including as an English teacher in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! She is also a screenwriter and playwright. She holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA from the Writer’s Foundry. When Monica was a kid she wanted to be a marine biologist when she grew up.

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