Singer and ventriloquist Darci Lynne will perform with her puppet friends tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Beaver Dam Amphitheater as part of her “My Lips Are Sealed (Except When They’re Not)” tour.
Lynne, 17, looks forward to the outdoor venue and entertains the crowd.
“I’m pumped,” Lynne said. “I’ve been to Kentucky before, but I don’t think I’ve ever played the Beaver Dam Amphitheater, so I’m excited. I think there’s really something about amphitheaters – I mean, they’re so cool. I’ve acted in a few of them but I always like to be surprised so I haven’t looked at pictures of the theater or anything because I always like to be surprised when I get there.
Originally featured on NBC’s “Little Big Shots” in March 2016, Oklahoma native Lynne, born as Darci Lynne Farmer, auditioned for the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2017, where her audition clip has amassed over 90 million views on YouTube.
“Finding ventriloquism was something that (worked) for me. It wasn’t always something I was looking for. I just came across it and something clicked and I thought, ‘I have to learn how to do this. “Lynne said. “I think I was supposed to find ventriloquism and I was supposed to go on ‘AGT’. ”
Lynne, who was 12 at the time, received the Golden Buzzer from judge Mel B, which placed Lynne straight into the live quarter-finals and ultimately became the winner of the show in the season finale. after a total of 52 million votes cast.
Lynne entered the competition with low hopes, but she was happy with how the experience went.
“I came into the show with such low expectations, such low expectations. My intentions were simply to share ventriloquism with the world because I love it so much; I wanted people to appreciate it like I did because it was a dying art…and that’s why I wanted to be on the show,” Lynne said. “I didn’t expect people to like it as much as I do – the reaction has been totally unexpected.”
After winning the show, Lynne embarked on her first national tour in 2018, which sold out in six minutes and continued to perform across the country, while making guest appearances on “All That”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the “Today Show”.
She also participated in the first season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” in 2019, where she was the runner-up.
Lynne talks about the fact that there is a lot of work behind the scenes, such as putting together the material for the show, late night rehearsals and adjustments.
“It’s a trip, I’ll say it. I had a lot of influences, a lot of help to put on my show with me and my family. … There are a lot of things that come into play,” Lynne said. “We’ve had roundtable writing sessions…and it’s kind of a family dynamic; everyone is involved. My parents helped me write scripts, even my brother, my ventriloquist coach… We had different people helping us with the show.
Lynne said that she and her mother choose the music that Lynne sings solo and with the puppets and make sure to pick the songs that best match each puppet’s character and personality.
Since becoming a household name in entertainment, Lynne said she’s overcome some obstacles to be in the spotlight while juggling her personal life.
“I look back on the last five years and they’ve been absolutely crazy in such a good way,” Lynne said. “Because I didn’t move to (Los Angeles) or New York, I really had to balance living in small town Oklahoma and going out and being a completely different person and having this completely different life. It’s like real life “Hannah Montana.”
But she hasn’t lost her love of what brings her joy.
“I love playing and I will always want to play,” Lynne said. “I know if I ever stopped performing it would be so sad because I love being on stage and I always have. Every time I perform it’s always exciting because people are always in admiration for what I do, which is crazy. And just the fact that everyone is so supportive… is just amazing.
Lynne also said she’s starting to develop her talents by immersing herself in acting and writing her own music, including four previously unreleased original songs that will be performed on tomorrow’s show.
Lynne describes her new tour, which lasts about an hour and a half, as a variety show mixed with comedy, about eight different genres of music played by a live band and will appeal to all audiences.
“The show is super special and it’s super multi-generational (and) that’s what I love the most,” Lynne said. “There’s not a lot of entertainment where people can sit down with their kids or their grandparents and watch something together and have fun for everyone.”
Lynne said a number of children have come to shows with their own puppets, telling Lynne how much she has inspired them, while adults have told Lynne she has been a positive influence on their children .
While Lynne hopes the audience will enjoy her show, she wants them to come away with something more.
“I just want people to feel confident and inspired; that’s why I started ventriloquism, because it was something that’s not common and it’s different and it’s unique,” Lynne said. “I always want people to feel like they can do anything.”
Tickets for tomorrow’s show are available at beaverdamamp.com or by calling the box office at 270-274-7106.