KINGSTON – Not many kids get signed to a record contract, but not many kids are like Amy Lynne Hosmer.
Next week the fifth-grader will travel to Norristown to the studios of Rotation Records. The week after, she'll go to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for brain surgery on a tumor detected last month during a checkup for the cancer she was treated for as a toddler.
At 11, she has wisdom beyond her age, but remains a child thrilled with her kitten, Ebony, and enamored with county music star Taylor Swift.
It's just unbelievable what I go through, Hosmer said Sunday at her Elm Avenue home, where Ebony bounded about. I keep my head up. I have very strong trust in the Lord.
She's been practicing her song The Camp on a portable karaoke player in preparation for her time in the studio.
It's a tribute to the counselors at the Ronald McDonald Camp in Greeley, where she and other children who have cancer or were treated for it spent a week last summer.
I loved the camp. Every morning we'd get up real early and go swimming, she said.
The Wyoming Valley West student at Schuyler Avenue Elementary School had written poems before and found a melody she wanted to put lyrics to.
It took me about the whole week to write it, she said.
Her cabin mates joined her as back-up dancers when she performed at the camp's talent show.
The first verse went:
You work so hard to make your magic,
For kids with things that are so tragic.
But now it's time for us to show appreciation,
This camp is all we need to get our inspiration.
The song was a hit at the camp.
A lot of people teared up, Hosmer said.
A camp counselor got in touch with the record company and Hosmer was signed, said her mother, Etta.
Knowing how much her daughter admires Taylor Swift, Etta Hosmer started a Facebook page, Help Amy Meet Taylor Swift. It's gotten more than 2,700 likes.
When I really get in the mood, I can sing just like Taylor Swift, said Amy Lynne Hosmer.
She'd love to hear from Swift and get some insights. She takes music lessons in school and can play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the violin.
I want to be a singer, said Hosmer.
Should she become rich and famous, she'll share her good fortune.
I can keep my family wealthy, she said of her mother, father Scott and younger brother Scotty.