In just a few short minutes on America’s Got Talent, Alice Tan Ridley boldly made herself known to the world when her phenomenal rendition of the Etta James classic, “At Last”, wowed the judges, blew away the audience, and caused the entire nation to take notice. Ridley’s raw power and charm immediately resonated with the judges, and she was sent to Hollywood to compete in the finals. For many, this was their first exposure to Alice’s gifted abilities, despite her many years of experience as a singer. Millions of fans around the world viewed her performances on YouTube. Such a captivating performer could only go unnoticed by the masses for so long by staying underground. Alice was one of New York City’s best-kept secrets: a jewel kept hidden deep below the city in the subway platforms. For over 20 years, Alice supported her family with the money she earned by busking. At 58 years old, Alice was taking her craft out of the subways where she performed for 20 years and into the eyes and ears of the greater public.

The New York Post, People Magazine, Perez Hilton, TIME Magazine and Oprah Radio all gave glowing reviews immediately after hearing Alice’s voice. Gayle King remarked on Oprah Radio: “Alice showed the country her vocal skills and boundless talent. She has enough talent to be an international sensation”. People Magazine also showed support, saying, “Alice Tan Ridley is AGT’s top vocalist!” Ridley carried this motivation throughout the rest of the show, and while she did not make it to the top spot, she won the hearts of America and has built an enormous fan base along the way.

Alice’s charismatic stage presence stretches well beyond her vocal abilities, making enamored crowds fall in love with her personality as she shares stories of her journey. Like Etta James, Diana Ross and Tina Turner, she is a long lasting Goddess of Soul, with enough personality, talent and a touch of funk to prove to be an unforgettable performer. As Howie Mandel said to Alice after her “At Last” cover: “you deserve to be heard by much more than everyone on the train”.

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