|SIX YEAR JOHN LEGEND FAN TO PERFORM TODAY AT EBS TALENT SHOW DAYS AFTER MEETING HER IDOL IN PERSON|
MONTREAL, JUNE 11, 2014 –When Elizabeth Ballanytne Elementary School in Montreal West (314 Northview) holds its annual Talent Show on Wednesday, June 11 (1:30 p.m.) one of nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend’s biggest fans will have some special motivation.
Six year old Kai'yen Springer-Keith, a Grade 1 student who lives in NDG, auditioned for the show and performed Legend’s All of Me. This impressed teacher Donna Perlin so much that she contacted the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), an organization which just happened to be hosting its annual gala June 9 featuring John Legend. Incoming ICRF Montreal President Jeffrey Bernstein stepped in, arranged for Kai'yen and her mother to see the show and meet her idol. Ms. Perlin purchased her own ticket to be part of the excitement.
“When I first told Kai'yen she was going to the show she didn't answer,” said Ms. Perlin. “I asked her if she understood that she was going to see him perform. She screamed and jumped. During the concert she cried, her mom asked her why she said because she was so happy. After the concert with my sister's help we tried to go backstage and meet John. Security wouldn't let us through, but we saw Jeff and asked security if Kai'yen could go say thank you to him. Security said yes, so off Kai'yen went. We were able to see her from afar. Jeff was with John and introduced the two. She told him she was going to sing All of Me at her school talent show. John legend said ‘cool.’ Kai'yen gave him a hug and he gave her a kiss on the forehead. When she came back to us, she was smiling from ear to ear and told us what happened.
“Kai Yan and I would like to thank Jeff for making this dream come true. I wish you success as the future ICRF president and I look forward to continuing working with you in making dreams come true and raising awareness for cancer research.”
Michael J. Cohen