*Wendy Raquel Robinson, co-founder of Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC), is proud to announce that one of her students, Sanaa Gray, was selected to be the voice of American Girl doll, Melody Ellison. This doll marks the third African American doll from the company’s BeForever historical line of dolls.
Melody is a 9 year old growing up in Detroit during the 1960’s Civil Rights era; who has a dream of her own. It was recently announced that American Girl will be releasing its newest civil rights doll onThursday, August 25, 2016.
Young Sanaa Gray has been singing since the age of 3 and started performing with Amazing Grace Conservatory in 2013. “Melody” is Sanaa’s first big break and she is super excited.
American Girl Doll
Gray was invited to audition for this role, when an AGC staff member received an inquiry from Mattel’s casting department seeking talent for a role. Sanaa was one of the few chosen students who accepted, thinking she was auditioning for a singing role; however she was pleasantly surprised when American Girl executive producer, Julie Ann Sipos, shared the stunning news that she was chosen to be the voice of “Melody.”
“I was so excited because this is my first thing that I’ve ever done, and it was like, really cool that I got it. And there were so many people competing. I was like, ‘I got it? That’s so awesome!’ I was very excited,” Sanaa stated in an ABC News interview.
Gray’s voice will be used in the “Melody” recording sound studio and will record her own songs, as well as three pre-recorded songs, including “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” where she is the featured soloist. Check out her audition and surprise call from Executive Producer here: The Voice of Melody Ellison | Melody Voice Audition Winner | American Girl
Watch the audition
About Amazing Grace Conservatory
Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC) is a theatrical training institute in located in South Los Angeles dedicated to building self-esteem through self-expression. AGC offers high quality, affordable performing arts training to youth and emerging artists, ages 5 to 18, in an atmosphere filled with positive images of themselves and their community.
AGC provides opportunities for artistic development, creative expression, and self-discovery. Students attend an array of classes in acting, voice, dance, audition techniques and technical theater taught by industry professionals, who both educate and mentor. AGC is committed to furthering education in the arts by offering scholarships for well-deserving graduating seniors. Some of the recipients have attended Yale, Julliard, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, Howard University and Carnegie Mellon. AGC makes every effort to educate and enlighten their students through the work they produce. Learn more at AGC