Northbrook teen auditions for “America’s Got Talent”
Updated: March 1, 2013 6:25AM
NORTHBROOK — Jovanni Rosario, a teenager who graduated from Glenbrook North High School last year, tried his luck by auditioning Sunday for NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
The 19-year-old demonstrated his skill in rap – a genre of music consisting of a stylized rhythm usually accompanied by rhyming speech.
Rosario, who was born in Des Plaines and moved to Northbrook to enter seventh grade at Maple School, remembers becoming interested in rap shortly afterward in eighth grade.
“But my dad said I’ve always been fascinated with hip hop from the time I was a baby,” Rosario said.
“He told me that when I was in a car seat, I would sort of keep time with hip hop music when it was on the radio. If he turned it off, I would start crying.”
Since then, Rosario has performed live at multiple venues in the Chicagoland Area. His mixtape made it to the top three on “tweetmysong.com” Mixtape Charts out of thousands of other mixtures.
And his work has been added to MTV’s Artist Website at http://www.mtv.com/artists/.
Rosario performs solo and sometimes with Tino Desrenca and Mary Provinzino who provide backup.
Rosario, who is now employed by Jewel Foods, hopes his America’s Got Talent experience will lead to his dream career of owning his own music business.
But he must wait until the end of March to find out how his presentation of “Remember Me” was received.
If the producers give a “thumbs up” to his performance, he will move on in the competition.
America’s Got Talent is a television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise.
The talent show features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for the top prize of one million dollars.