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‘Idol’ finalist Rosado schedules free Brandon concert

BY BARBARA ROUTEN Special correspondent
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Team Jeremy fans were crushed when they learned Jeremy Rosado’s ride on “American Idol” during Season 11 was over March 8, 2012.

“We all shed some tears to see this leg of his journey end, but God's ways are not our ways and his timing is not our timing,” said Meredith L. Scribner of Valrico, Rosado’s hometown voice coach, less than two hours after his elimination. “I have faith that what's yet to come for Jeremy is greater and more profound than any of us can imagine.

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez told Rosado on air, “Some people are just blessed from God with a voice that when they open their mouth they affect people. That’s you. You’re one of those people.”

Now, a year after his “Idol” experience, Rosado is releasing his first CD at a free concert and CD-release party at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in Nativity Catholic Church’s Monsignor Lara Youth Center, 705 E. Brandon Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are free but must be reserved at www.JeremyRosadoDebut.eventbrite.com, where $20 VIP tickets also are available. VIP tickets include a 6 p.m. meet-and-greet, signed CD, appetizers and reserved seating.

Rosado graduated from Durant High School and attended Florida Virtual School two years. He entered Brandon High School as a freshman in 2006-2007 and performed in the school’s concert choir.

“He was a wonderful singer at that time, even though his voice hadn’t changed,” said Brandon choir director Marilyn Rose Nicholson of Riverview. “He flourished in the spotlight and was kind and gentlemanly to everyone.”

Her daughter, Eliza Nicholson, Rosado’s fellow choir member that year, said, “His voice … was just about the most angelic voice you could imagine. In choir, he was always involved and encouraging to every person. He really is a light for Christ. It was so refreshing to see the sincerity and passion for God with which he carried himself. ... It was apparent he has a heart for people.”

Scribner said, “We are positive that Jeremy’s future in music is 100 percent secure. A gift like his isn’t dependent upon anything but God's grace.”


Contact Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.

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