Student says Thornton work helped on X Factor
Posted October 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm in News
Singing the popular song âBulletproofâ by La Roux, Simone Battle, a sophomore majoring in music industry, wooed even the notoriously harsh critic Simon Cowell during her audition for the new Fox music competition show, The X Factor.
Tuesday night, after singing âJust Be Good To Meâ by the S.O.S. Band, Battle failed to make it to the final 12.
As soon as Battle arrived at USC in her freshman year, she began preparing her audition material for The X Factor.
âSheâs really a dedicated and inspiring individual,â said Chris Sampson, associate dean of popular music and music industry. âHer success comes from her dedication to keep learning and always keep an open mind.â
Battleâs experience at the USC Thornton School of Music was key in helping her secure a spot on The X Factor. She chose to major in music industry so she could perfect her music talent while becoming business savvy.
âItâs been my dream to be an artist, but Iâve always valued education,â Battle said. âI chose to major in music industry so that I wouldnât be ignorant to the business side of my profession.â
Battle said with the business skills she acquires through the music industry major, she hopes to one day start a business of her own.
âLike Madonna, Iâd love to run my own company one day, and without understanding how the industry works, I canât be a good businesswoman,â Battle said.
Simone is recognized as a hardworking and talented performer by her professors, Sampson said.
âAs a songwriter, Simone has incredible skill for writing hooks â both musically and lyrically,â Sampson said. âIf produced properly, you could certainly imagine her songs on the radio.â
Battle aspires to enjoy great success as a performer and become a symbol in the music industry.
âIâve always dreamed of being a pop icon, a world touring, diamond selling, history making, philanthropic artist,â Battle said.
Sampson said Battleâs unique voice will be instrumental to her success.
âAs a performer, Simone clearly recognizes that you have to have distinctive vocal qualities to stand out in the profession and she was always willing to experiment to achieve this,â Sampson said.
Battle said she plans to use her experience on The X Factor to enhance her music career.
âThe X Factor was a fun diversion from my path,â Battle said.Â âIâm moving forward with no regrets and I plan to build an enduring music career.â