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Western New York’s freshest face in music aims toward spreading positive messages with her talent. Camryn Clune, 13, recently named Worship Artist of the Year by Youth for Truth Ministries, has plans for a rising career in singing and theater.

The eighth-grader at St. Amelia School in Tonawanda already has built an impressive resume. She has starred as Millie in “Fairly Modern Millie,” Fiona in “Shrek” and Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville, which she considers her home base for theater. She won the 2013 Italian Idol and Youth for Truth Ministries’ Christian Idol competitions, establishing herself as a noteworthy artist.

As she delves into a singing career, Camryn is staying true to her faith.

“Christian music has better messages than pop music,” Camryn said. Christian music “doesn’t have to be the boring church music that everyone thinks it is.”

Camryn’s positive spirit radiates to those around her and she is using her talent as a mechanism for change – she sang at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Christmas Eve and looks forward to participating in more events for good causes.

“I just love to inspire people with my music,” said Camryn, who plans to attend Mount St. Mary Academy in the fall.

On Saturday, Western New Yorkers can catch Camryn singing the national anthem before the start of the basketball game at noon between the University at Buffalo and Miami University of Ohio at UB’s Alumni Arena in Amherst. After the game, Camryn will perform a concert for families.

“I’ve always wanted to be on Broadway,” she said.

With talent, dedication and her passion for her art and helping others, she may be the next big star out of Buffalo. Her advice to young people with big dreams? “Just keep going and never stop. Don’t give up.”

Erin Sydney Welsh is a senior at Clarence High School.