Nikki Yanofsky doesn’t have time to sit down for an interview.
Instead, the 16-year-old singing sensation from Hampstead, Que., answers questions on her cellphone while walking down the street in New York City.
Yanofsky — who really got discovered during the Olympics when she sang I Believe in front of billions of viewers — was in the Big Apple over the weekend performing with the likes of Paul Simon, Taylor Swift, and John Mayer, just to name a few.
“It was so much fun, I got to meet so many of my heroes,” Yanofsky said. “It was a completely star-studded event and I was wondering, ‘Why am I here?’”
The next night Yanofsky performed with Chris Botti at Carnegie Hall, so you could say things are going quite well for the teenager.
“I’m extremely busy but I love it. I find that when I don’t have much to do I get really bored,” she said. “I’m living my dream by doing this. I couldn’t ask for much more.”
Yanofsky is busy, but not busy enough to pass up on Canada’s jazz festival circuit. She’ll be performing in Edmonton on June 29 and she said she can’t wait to get back on the festival scene.
“I love the jazz festivals because performing live is just such a huge part of who I am, it’s just such a great feeling,” she said. “I can’t wait.”
When she’s done the circuit, Yanofsky jets off to Europe for a tour, all while working on her second album.
She’s busy with her singing career, and says that’s why she appreciates the jazz festivals so much.
“They really help to keep me grounded,” she said. “This is why I am able to do what I do — it all started with the jazz festivals.”
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