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Girl with a Gift

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This is the story of a little girl who was born with a gift. And she opened that gift early.

Five years ago, WGN-TV’s Steve Sanders, Pam Grimes, & Mike D’Angelo brought you the story of 6 year old Emily Bear, a piano prodigy from Rockford, Illinois, who was composing and performing her own music. Now, 5 years later, music mogul Quincy Jones has produced Emily’s new CD called “Diversity,” that features all of her original music.

Not since Michael Jackson has Quincy Jones produced a record for a solo artist.

More information:

http://www.quincyjones.com/

http://emilybear.com/

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/

http://www.juilliard.edu/

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07/05/13

Girl with a Gift: Emily’s start

This is the story of a little girl who was born with a gift. And she opened that gift early.

You could call her a piano prodigy, though the p word is never used in the her home.

Emily was discovered four years ago by her grandmothers, one of them a concert pianist, who’s made a career of teaching musically gifted children like Emily.

Four years ago, Emily’s mom and dad took a trip and left grandma in charge. She heard someone playing piano and thought it was the eldest child.

WGN’s Steve Sanders has more.

Quincy Jones produced Emily’s latest CD and was in New York for her East Coast release concert. She composed and performed all 13 tracks on the CD called Diversity. And she`s playing alongside some world class musicians, hand-picked by Jones.

Not since 1987 has Quincy Jones produced a CD for a solo artist. The album ‘Bad’ turned out pretty good for Michael Jackson.

Steve Sanders spoke with Jones.

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The little girl who was just beginning to blossom as a composer when we visited her 5 years ago has come into full bloom.

Emily Bear is home schooled, and spends hours a day not only practicing her instrument, but perhaps more importantly, composing.

Emily has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and she`s accepted invitations to perform all over the world.

More with Steve Sanders.

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It`s a big night for the little girl with a gift from Rockford Illinois, performing at an intimate jazz venue in New York’s Greenwich Village. She appears totally unaffected, even though Quincy Jones and all his star power will be here at any moment.

Steve Sanders was there too and has more.

Emily & JLoEmily Bear is a girl who was born with a gift, and she opened that gift early.

You could call her a piano prodigy, though the “p” word is never used in the Bear home.

“This is all unknown territory for all of us.  I’ve heard about kids like this, I never thought I’d have one,” said Emily’s mother Andrea.

Here are some photos of Emily playing in famous places — like Carnegie Hall — and snapshots with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez.

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