A Metea Valley sophomore sang her way into the spotlight by appearing in the controversial Coke Super Bowl ad.
Fifteen-year-old Sushmitha Suresh had no idea that a commercial with people of different nationalities singing “America The Beautiful” in multiple languages would have caused such a wide range of reaction.
Some called it a beautiful representation of America’s melting pot, while others on social media voiced anger over the actors not singing in English.
Sushmitha was just trying to become the next YouTube sensation when a friend from New York saw that an ad agency was looking for a 12 to 16-year-old girl who could sing Indian Music.
She was hesitant at first, but to her surprise she was eventually invited to New York to record “America The Beautiful.”
The only problem was that she couldn’t tell anyone, which is a hard secret for a teen to keep.
“I only told my closest friends, because I wanted at least someone to know. A lot of my friends started freaking out, and I was like ‘you can’t tell anybody.’ It was so hard because it’s such a big thing,” said Suresh.
Though controversial, Sushmitha is proud to be a part of a commercial that celebrates differences.
“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was five-years-old and to be in the recording studio, to get feedback from professionals and to just take in the experience that an everyday professional singer does, that was really cool,” said Suresh.
The Suresh family got to watch the ad during the Super Bowl, and later during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
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