At the young age of 9, Amira Willighagen caught the world’s attention with her angelic voice and impressive performance on Holland’s Got Talent. Simon Cowell even called her a “little princess” after her stunning rendition of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.”
Since her debut, Amira has continued to impress audiences around the world with her beautiful voice and impressive range. Her self-titled debut album was met with critical acclaim, with music critic Mark Sanderson noting that it was a “promising start” to her career. And he was right – Amira’s career has only continued to grow in the years since her debut.
At just 17 years old, Amira already has two more studio albums to her name, as well as a live album and DVD set. But perhaps even more impressive than her musical achievements is her dedication to giving back. When she was just 10 years old, Amira founded the Gelukskinders Foundation, which works to build playgrounds for children in Ikageng, South Africa.
The foundation has built and maintained seven playgrounds so far, and Jean-Claude Cuennet commented on a video featuring the Gelukskinders Foundation’s efforts, saying “Hundreds of children in South Africa thank you with their cries of joy. What you are doing is admirable. BRAVO!” Amira continues to update fans on the progress of the Gelukskinders project via the organization’s website, and they recently announced that they were starting work again after a year of downtime.