September 19, 2013 in City

Spokane’s Cami Bradley misses top prize, gains ‘newfound confidence’

Nicole Hensley Correspondent
 

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Update:

Both performances on Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater featuring Cami Bradley and Taylor Williamson have sold out.

NEW YORK – Although Cami Bradley did not win “America’s Got Talent,” she earned a world of fans.

The $1 million and headline show in Las Vegas went to Kenichi Ebina, a dancer who grew up in Japan. But Bradley is flying home to Spokane with the experience of a lifetime and a promising career on the horizon.

On the results show of the talent competition Wednesday night, Bradley sang “Not Over You” with Gavin DeGraw over dueling pianos. Then they stepped away from the piano to harmonize face to face.

They also shared a moment on stage – a hug.

“He was really impressed with me because I was really prepared when I came to the rehearsal,” Bradley said.

Being on the talent show changed Bradley – giving her room to grow as an artist and build her courage.

“I have a newfound confidence in myself, I’ve learned about who I am as an artist,” Bradley said after the results show. “I’m still an introvert at heart.”

Though Bradley came in sixth in the voting among six finalists, her mother, Amy Miller, doesn’t look at it as elimination.

“It’s an amazing privilege to make it to that spot. We saw her as accomplishing this amazing feat,” Miller said.

A growing career is likely for Bradley, but she and her husband, Eric, will take every step as it comes.

“Because of our faith, we know this is not it,” Eric Bradley said. “Beyond that, the plan was never get famous or win the show – it was just the experience.”

Bradley will return to Spokane for a thank-you concert Sunday before embarking on a two-month tour with fellow “Talent” competitors. Comedian Taylor Williamson, a contestant who finished second in the voting, will open for her show at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are available through TicketsWest.

After the show, judges Mel B and Howard Stern said Bradley has a bright future ahead of her, regardless of how the votes came down Wednesday:

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