Bullying is the subject of much conversation in modern times. Given the way we often place celebrities on a pedestal, it’s easy to forget that even talented and successful people have experience with bullying. In an effort to stand up against bullying of all kinds, one nationally adored singing star – Wé McDonald – is sharing her story with students across the country.
On this edition of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, show host Steve Adubato, PhD., speaks with performer Wé McDonald, both about her time on NBC’s hit reality singing show, The Voice, and how her personal experiences with bullying have influenced her to go into schools to speak to students about being mistreated.
McDonald was 12-years-old when she first began singing, which may appear as a late start to some; but she grew up surrounded by music, listening to renowned singers and artists like Nina Simone, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. She credited “old school” musicians like these women for inspiring her and teaching her how to sing the way she does.
“You have to understand who came before you before you try to master anything else,” McDonald said. “I feel like that’s important—just like if you’re going to dance hip hop, you have to learn how to dance ballet.”
As an immensely versatile singer, actress and dancer, McDonald explained that her life wasn’t always so hopeful and encouraging. Middle school was a difficult time in her life, when students were cruelest to her and ostracized her.
“I had nothing,” said McDonald. “I didn’t have anybody. I went to a Christian school, and I always say my closest friend was Jesus.”
McDonald was able to learn from her experiences and used them as a platform to help teens today who are going through the same abuse. To hear more about Wé McDonald, her career and the powerful message she has for those who are being bullied, don’t miss this segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.
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