Mad for Mademoizell: Students join pop singer on stage for a wild grand finale
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Apr 01, 2012 | 2543 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MADEMOIZELL made musical history at Trousdale by becoming the first pop singer to perform live, along with her dancers, at the special school for the intellectually disabled. Her crowd-pleasing performance became a full blown party as her audience was invited to join her on stage and dance to the music. Standing left to right are Erick Miller, dancer, Sarah Johnson, Amber Patterson (hugging Mademoizell), Producer Alex Moore, far back, Jessica McFarland and Kevin Kinser. Sitting left are Susan Turner, Andy Macum, Adam Stein, Brandi Gibson, dancer, Heather Collins and Torrie Stephens. Photos by William Wright
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Pop singer Mademoizell’s appearance at Trousdale School in Cleveland on March 28 was met with wild applause and appreciation during National Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month.

The multitalented European crossover artist with echoes of Lady Gaga and Madonna performed live for the students and staff of Trousdale compliments of Xela Entertainment and its CEO, Alex Moore.

The lively audience turned itself into a full-blown party with everyone on their feet, dancing and applauding as the electricity in the auditorium hit high voltage when Mademoizell invited the students to join her on the stage.

Students said they had a wonderful time, loved her music and were excited to get free autographed copies of her latest CD, “Muzik Makes Me,” along with an autographed picture of the artist. One of her dancers said it was the most fun they’ve had performing before a live audience.

Catherine Patten, job coach and community liaison at Trousdale, said, “Trousdale School was thrilled to host a stellar live performance by Mademoizell! She truly has a special place in her heart for our students and for all people with special needs. We want to thank Mademoizell for this connection and new friendship!”

Starting her day at 7 a.m. by appearing on MIX 104.1 WCLE FM with popular radio personality Bridget Baggett, Mademoizell brought attention to the fact that about 4.6 million Americans live with intellectual disabilities and 1 in every 10 families are directly affected by someone with an intellectual disability.

The pop singer continued her media blitz on TALK 101.3 FM’s The Buzz with radio talk host Ed Ramsey. She then raised awareness about the abilities and possibilities of those with intellectual disabilities, pointing to the outstanding musicals put on by the students of Trousdale each year as a testament to their talent, bravery and amazing musicality that are inside these beautiful and special people.

“They can be very productive members of their communities,” she said.

She then encouraged the community to continue to be inclusive, supportive and even become advocates for those with intellectual disabilities. Baggett and Ramsey were presented with Mademoizell’s new single, “Muzik Makes Me,” with its runway dance beats and Parisian, pop Euro-flair sound.

The special students of Trousdale, whose ages range from 22 and up, were ecstatic about Mademoizell’s visit and posed with the Atlanta-based singer/model as she signed autographs and spoke with them about their dreams in life.

The most touching moment came when the recording artist performed a duet of “Never Too Late” with D.J. Westside, a crowd-pleasing performer, who collaborated with her on the special song inspired by Trousdale’s students. The students were invited to sing along and even join the singer and her dancers on stage. Afterward, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers, to her surprise.

“You did not have to do this,” she said. “You all have inspired me and given me so much to be thankful for. You are all so amazing! I will carry back to Atlanta what you have given me. Thank you very much.”

The students surrounded the singer, her dancers and staff, hugging them and throwing high-fives. It was undeniable what her visit had accomplished in the joy and enthusiasm unleashed by her performance.

Earlier in the day Mademoizell met with Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and discussed her interest and any role she could play in helping those with intellectual disabilities, as well as any collaboration with long-term recovery efforts for Cleveland’s victims of tornado disasters.

After their hourlong meeting, Rowland said, “I commend Mademoizell for her goals in life and what she is doing to help others. She, of course, wants to project her image as a singer, songwriter and fashion designer, but to come here and take time to go to Trousdale School is to be commended.

“After hearing of her many concerns in life and her commitment to people who need a hand up, I was very impressed. We talked about our tornado victims and she’s very passionate about helping those people as well. She has also picked an area that a lot of people are not familiar with — autism.

“She’s to be commended, at her young age, that she is launching such a career and has such goals. It’s sort of a holistic approach to a great career in music that she is going to have.”

The mayor then gave the recording artist a ceremonious round pin with a seal of the city as a token of Cleveland’s appreciation for her visit and for raising awareness about intellectual disabilities. The singer was moved to tears as she left the mayor’s office.

“I know what it’s like to experience tragedy and loss,” she said. “I only want to help. If my music and appearances can help others — that is what I would like to do. I have so much love for people who are suffering.”

Moore added they were honored to meet Cleveland’s mayor and bring to Trousdale a performance the students would never forget.

Mademoizell, a member of The Academy of Mutual Interest in Motion Pictures, said she is also interested in expanding her career into acting and is considering roles for her acting debut.

“I feel I can accomplish anything if given the opportunity,” she said. “Everyone in life deserves an opportunity to be the best they can be.”

The American Association of Intellectual and Development Disabilities said, “People with an intellectual disability can lead vibrant and fulfilling lives in society. Give a person with an intellectual disability appropriate supports and you can enhance his or her functioning in society.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 3 percent of the general population have an intellectual disability. 

Experts say intellectual disability could cause a child to learn and develop more slowly than other children of the same age. It could take longer for them to learn to speak, walk, dress or eat without help, and they could have trouble learning in school.

To find out who to speak to in your area about intellectual disabilities, contact the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by logging on to www.nichcy.org/states.htm.

Mademoizell’s next performance will be at the Dogwood Festival on the international stage of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on April 21.

To listen to or purchase her music, visit www.mademoizellmusic.com or visit her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/officialmademoizell.