Kelly writes: Hi Shelly :) I have to say that Christina
is extremely blessed to have you as her mother. I have just read
some of your diary entries and answers to fans questions - you sound
very wise and down-to-earth. What I'd like to ask is; how did Christina
start singing professionally? How did she get her record deal? Also,
how did Christina get a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club? How did you
both find out about auditions for the show? Thanks.
Shelly: Hi Kelly. First of all, thank you so much for your
sweet words. I'm very touched. Thank you.
Christina started getting asked to sing at events where they would
pay her at age 7. She was always asked to sing at weddings, banquets,
tons of political events, etc, starting at around 7. As she grew,
local TV shows and news shows would do special segments on her and
it would be aired around Pittsburgh. Then at age 11, she was on
MMC, which was aired on Disney channel alone. After that, she landed
a lead song on the 'Mulan' soundtrack, and was signed to RCA records
all in the same week. The rest is history.
As for MMC itself, we saw a tiny ad in the paper announcing an
open audition for anyone in Pittsburgh wanting to try out for MMC.
The casting director in charge, Matt Cassella, was fabulous. We
still keep in touch with him. There were over 400 kids that showed
up, and we were there all day, as one by one, they were all cut
except for Christina and I believe 6 other kids. After that, more
and more kids from around the states and Canada were cut, until
there were just a handful of finalists left. Then there was an MMC
camp, where the finalists all met at Disney and went through auditions
and screen tests. Final choices were made there of who would be
on the show.