Two Time ‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer Angelica Hale to Voice New Disney Character

Catherine DiMeglio
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Angelica Hale was just nine years old when she auditioned for America’s Got Talent. Her rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” earned her four big yeses, and catapulted her into the competition. This adorable young singer, became the first act to ever receive two Golden Buzzers on more than one AGT season. Now, the Got Talent runner-up can be heard as a new Disney character for a special event.


Angelica Hale Voices New Disney Character for Special

Angelica has been making moves since her appearances on America’s Got Talent. The now 14-year-old will voice a character for an all new Disney Special. Angelica is set to play engine trainee, Tai, on the animated special Celebrate Chuggington. Created especially for pre-schoolers, the special commemorates the great big world of trains in the most “traintastic” holiday of all, Chuggington Day. The show can be watched on Disney Junior and streamed on the DisneyNOW app.

Angelica is more than excited to be a part of the project, which also kicks off the month long “Let’s Train Together” movement. The initiative is dedicated to fun-filled, educational activities for families and kids at home.

“With Chuggington, specifically this episode, it’s all about training with your family and teamwork,” Angelica told Parade. “I’m really excited because I have a little sister, so I’m interested to see if she’ll recognize my voice. Seeing Abigail grow, I can really relate to that, and I can’t wait for her to watch it. And maybe she’ll learn a couple of things.”


The Young Star on America’s Got Talent

Angelica earned her vocal credibility from her time on America’s Got Talent. Before her feature in the Disney special, the singer told all of us at home she wanted to be the next Whitney Houston. On the AGT stage, she auditioned with “Rise Up” by Andra Day and melted all of our hearts. Advancing to the next stage, she performed Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire” in the Judge Cuts round. Here, she earned the Golden Buzzer from guest judge, Chris Hardwick.

This mini-superstar advanced straight to the Quarterfinals, where she sang Zedd’s “Clarity.” She earned standing ovations across the panel, and made it through to the Semifinals. In the finale Hale sang “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” with Kelly Clarkson. While she didn’t quite take home the win, she earned the runner-up title, and returned to take on Champions. Here, she earned a second Golden Buzzer, this time from Howie Mandel.

Today, when she’s not recording Disney specials, Angelica continues her charity work with the Sepsis Alliance, and National Kidney Foundation. On America’s Got Talent, Angelica revealed her personal connection to the foundations. At just four years old, the singer developed a bacterial infection in her lungs, that turned the double pneumonia, septic. This sent her body into kidney failure, causing her to need a transplant. Luckily, her mother Eva, was a perfect match.


Most recently, Angelica released her new single, “Looking Up.” She performed the song earlier this year in honor of International Women’s Day. The track is currently available across all streaming platforms. The accompanying music video will premiere this Fall.

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