Delaney Meadows likes to make people smile.

HAVELOCK | Delaney Meadows likes to make people smile.
The 12-year-old from Havelock has been nominated for Youth Artist and Youth Video for the Carolina Music Awards.
“It’s really hard to express it in words,” Meadows said of her music. “It’s really beautiful and it’s really fun. I just really like sharing it with people. I really like it when I make somebody’s day because you never really know what’s going on in their life.”
Meadows recently sang the national anthem at the beginning of the Cherry Point Air Show.
In the past, she has performed at the Girl Power Contest at Havelock City Park, the Salute to the Veterans, a Morehead City Marlins baseball game, the Guitar Pool country music concert at Cherry Point and National Night Out.
The seventh-grader is the daughter of Denton and Emma Meadows.
“She has been singing ever since she could talk,” Emma Meadows said.
The youngster has been taking piano lessons lately and is now composing her own songs.
“I like that I can express myself and emotion in a way that I can’t with just talking,” she said.
She found out last month that she was a contender for the Carolina Music Awards.
“I was real excited and kind of like ‘Wow, I’m going to be in a competition with all these talented artists’ and I’m really thankful to be nominated,” she said.
The young singer recorded the song ‘Blue Christmas’ at Diamond Studios in Harkers Island and used the recording to create the video.
“She came up with the concept for the video and filmed it in our backyard,” her mother said. “Our video is like an amateur type of video, but we had a lot of fun doing it.”
The video can be viewed on Youtube at
The awards are selected by a panel from the Carolina Music Awards as well as through an online vote.
“I couldn’t have done what I am doing today if it weren’t for the support of my mom and dad and everyone in the community,” Delaney Meadows said. “The community has always been very welcoming and nice to me. It makes me feel really good. I just really like to share the music with the people and with the crowds.”
People can log onto Carolina Music Awards and vote for her at in the youth and youth video categories.
The winners are to be announced Aug. 6 at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh.