Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kid! of the Month – Holley Somerville-Knott – January 2015

Holley Somerville-Knott, 11-year-old CEO and Superstar
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

 

Quote of the Month

“I want to help all people because there’s no race, no religion, and no color that makes us any better than anyone else. We all deserve love and kindness, and we are all part of one big eco system.”
-Holley Somerville-Knott, 11-year-old CEO and Superstar

January Amazing Kid! of the Month

We’ve all been given our own amazing talents. Maybe you are a budding artist or the next basketball super star. Maybe you can even use your talents to make the world a better place.

Australian native Holley Somerville-Knott has done just that. Her charity, Stardust Entertainment, combines her talent for singing with her passion for helping all things in need.

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick of the New Year than featuring Holley Somerville-Knott as our January Amazing Kid! of the Month! Keep reading to learn more about Holley’s charity, how she is helping the planet, and how you can too!

At just 11-years-old, Holley is the founder and CEO of Stardust Entertainment, as well as a touring singing and eco activist.

At just 11-years-old, Holley is the founder and CEO of Stardust Entertainment, as well as a touring singing and eco activist.

A star is born in Stardust Entertainment

Holley was only 8-years-old the first time she set her hat down inside a local shop and started singing for tips. Her reasoning? Holley’s mother had been telling her a lot about the problem of homelessness, and Holley felt like she had to do something to help. Not even a decade old yet, Holley knew that she could use her impressive singing voice to raise money for those in need.

Her charity, Stardust Entertainment, does just that.  “My mission is to spread kindness and compassion, educate and inspire people to stand up for what they believe in, unite together, and co-create a sustainable and peaceful Mother Earth,” Holley said.

“The donations and performances I do are my favorite moments in Stardust Entertainment,” Holley said. “To see the joy and amazement on everyone’s face when I sing and how happy it makes them when I donate is truly amazing.”

“The donations and performances I do are my favorite moments in Stardust Entertainment,” Holley said. “To see the joy and amazement on everyone’s face when I sing and how happy it makes them when I donate is truly amazing.”

Wise beyond her years, Holley performs at all kinds of events and venues, from nursing homes, festivals, hospitals, and fundraisers, and more.  100% of the donations she receives are given back to the community and those in need. Currently, the money Holley raises is going to a United Kingdom organization called Drop4Drop, which builds wells in African and Indian communities.  So far, Holley has raised thousands of dollars that have benefited homeless shelters, the rainforest rescues, seabird rescue and more! Congrats!

Singing her way to the top

Even without Stardust Entertainment, Holley would still be singing! “Singing makes me feel free and happy, and mostly I just love to entertain people and see their smiling faces.” She has been inspired by the music her parents listen to. (Think Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, etc.)

“Then I heard artists like Christina Aguilera, Etta James, and all the jazz and Motown greats,” Holley said. “I really love the soul women like Jennifer Hudson.”

Holley’s voice is definitely standing ovation worthy! She was even a contestant on The Voice TV Show and this last year has been on the Jazz Circuit tour around Australia!

Holley went through all three audition phases for The Voice in one day!

Holley went through all three audition phases for The Voice in one day!

Green is the new black

A big part of Holley’s life is advocating on green living. She won her first public speaking competition at the age of seven. Since then, Holley has been raising awareness of the harm that comes from an unconventional gas mining technique, known as “fracking.”

The process of this mining includes drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressures in order to break up rocks and release the natural gas inside.

“It uses large volumes of water that goes n clean and comes out toxic,” Holley explained. “Then, it uses some very harmful chemicals to extract the gas.”

As Holley puts it, we need a green revolution. “As young people who will inherit this planet, we don’t want a sick and dying planet. Green is the new black.”

Holley’s passion of caring for the earth has inspired her to launch a project called Global Care-A-Lot Day ©  to schools across the world! Find out how you can be a part of this groundbreaking revolution at www.globalcarealotday.com.

Ready, set, sing (err, we mean go!)

Now it’s your turn! How can you take your talents and use them to benefit many? How can you ensure that our Earth stays healthy for years and years to come?

“We as human beings are part of the delicate eco system in the circle of life, and we need to tread lightly,” said Holley.

“We as human beings are part of the delicate eco system in the circle of life, and we need to tread lightly,” said Holley.

“Don’t think because you are just one person that you can’t make a difference,” Holley said. “You can start with yourself.” Simple practices to start now include not using plastic, growing your own food, and doing kind things for yourself and others.

Connect with Holley

Holley’s website: http://holleysomerville.com/

Holley’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StardustEntertainmentHolleySomerville

2 comments

  1. Letitia Kemister /

    Lovely work Holley, so happy to have met you on various campaigns..I have great hope for the future with strong beautiful girls like you coming through… more power to you sweetheart <3

  2. Iris Cody /

    Fantastic Holley, congatulations and well deserved