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‘AGT’ Stars Ashley Marina, Jacob Velazquez Team Up for ‘Time to Shine’

Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate

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Ashley Marina, who is arguably the most robbed contestant from Season 15 of ‘AGT’ is finally getting another chance in the spotlight. The singer teamed up with fellow contestant Jacob Velazquez to release a feel-good song “Time to Shine.”


‘AGT’ Star Ashley Marina Collaborates with Jacob Velazquez for New Song ‘Time to Shine’

Ashley was just 12 years old at the time of her viral audition. She made a name for herself when Simon Cowell made her sing three times. She was eliminated during the Judge Cuts round, which caused nationwide outrage. While there was hope that Ashley would be brought back as a wildcard for Season 15, fans were once again let down when her name was left off the roster.

As one of the best kid singers in the competition, ‘AGT’ viewers knew the future was bright for Ashley. Her audition now has 26 million views and is still one of the most viewed ‘AGT’ auditions of all time. Now, she is teaming up with Jacob who can pretty much play every instrument on the planet.

Jacob was another Season 15 standout that blew the judge’s minds. He was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified when he was four years old and dedicated his early music career to raising money for charity. He totally rocks “Time to Shine” with an epic electric guitar solo before Ashley hits a note that will give you goosebumps.


The music video for “Time to Shine” was shot on the beautiful beaches of Hollywood, Florida. Ashley and Jacob were able to work on the song together through video calls amid the pandemic. The motivational message behind the lyrics is to remind everyone that this is their time to seize the opportunity. They are doing just that by using the platform ‘AGT’ gave them to launch music careers of their own.

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Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate is the Talent Guru here at Talent Recap. Her work has been featured at The Blast. Samantha graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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