4:30 p.m., July 15)
singer still basking in afterglow of performance with
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans singer-songwriter Miclelle
Treacy poses for a 'selfie' with Lady Gaga
after the pop star brought her on stage to
sing together at a recent concert in Montreal.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Treacy
been an amazing last three weeks for 17-year-old singer/songwriter
Michelle Treacy. In rapid succession the Orléans
native received an Orléans Online Outstanding Youth
Award, released her latest song "Gold Boy" on
YouTube, and got to perform on stage with her idol Lady
the three, performing with Lady Gaga at the Bell Centre
in Montreal was a dream come true. Treacy has been a Lady
Gaga fan ever since the pop star released her first album
in 2008. The top selling artist has been an inspiration
to the St. Peter High School student who is beginning
to blossom in her own right as a singer and songwriter.
performed at The Bitter End in New York City earlier this
year the same week Lady Gaga was doing a series of intimate
shows at the Roseland Ballroom. She was fortunate enough
to go to two of the shows and met Gaga twice outside the
ballroom while wearing a rhinestone encrusted, leopard
was the hat that Lady Gaga immediately recognized when
Treacy met her again outside the hotel she was staying
in prior to her July 3 concert. When Gaga stopped to talk
to her, Treacy asked if she could ask her a question.
giggled,'Of course', because she recognized my hat and
then I just asked her, 'Can you make my dreams come true
and let me sing on stage with you?' and she did,"
says Treacy who strategcially managed to position herself
in front of the stage with her brother Matthew.
had no idea she was actually going to do it, I just prayed
to God whatever happens, happens."
brother recorded the whole experience on his iPhone and
posted it on YouTube.
the video you can her Lady Gaga call out to "the
pretty little girl who was waiting outside my hotel with
the leopard rhinestone hat and the mermaid bikini".
For a split second Treacy doesn't realize Gaga is talking
about her. The next thing she knows, she's being helped
on to the stage by a couple of security people.
asks her to tell everyone her name. After introducing
herself, an emotional Treacy mentions that she recently
wrote a song called "Gold Boy" about a boy who
was "really horrible " to her brother. Lady
Gaga then hands the microphone over to Treacy saying,
"There's only like 13,000 people, it's no big deal."
taking a minute to colect herself, Treacy sings the first
couple of lines of the song, which she co-wrote with her
brother, when Gaga suddenly joins in the chorus. The two
then sang Lady Gaga's hit "Born This Way" together
to wild applause from the audience. A one point, Treacy
even has the state of mind to take a selfie wtih her idol.
felt like I was singing with a friend. She said , 'I promised
I would bring you up', and then she told me to just breathm,"
said Treacy. "I was so in awe. Someone was finally
giving me a chance and the person who was giving me the
chance is my teacher and my idol."
the performance, Treacy been interviewed on several local
radio and television stations and several different videos
of her performance with Lady Gaga have popped up on YouTube.
victim of bullying as she was growing up, Treacy wants
to use her music to inspire others going through the same
experience that obstacles can be overcome and dreams can
think it's a statement to all the kids who bullied me
and I told, 'One day I would be singing with Lady GaGa',
look at me now. Dreams really do come true," says
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