A look back at "My Grammy Moment" winner Robyn Troup's Houston roots
(2/12/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) (KTRK) -- At last night's Grammy Awards, The Police reunited, the Dixie Chicks cleaned up and the world voted for Houstonian Robyn Troup to sing alongside Justin Timberlake.
Troup won the opportunity through the "My Grammy Moment" online contest, beating out tens of thousands of people to sing alongside Timberlake.Long before Robyn Troup took center stage on the Grammy Awards next to pop star Justin Timberlake, she sometimes sang in the choir at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Her grandfather, Rev. Bill Lawson, is the founding pastor. As a child, she also participated in theater productions at the Ensemble Theater. "She claims that's where she decided that's what she wanted to do," said her grandmother Audrey Lawson. The performance bug grew while Troup attended Jack Yates High School. "Very creative even at an early age, very articulate, very quiet, though," said her former teacher Jim Bibis. "I knew that she really wanted to do music when she was here, but she was shy about it," said friend Roudy Ramus. After high school graduation, Troup quickly outgrew any shyness about singing. While attending her first year of college at USC, she decided to pursue music and made a leap of faith. "That's when she told us that she wasn't going to be going back to school in the fall and the whole house fell silent," said Lawson. At her sister Raven's urging, the Houston teen recorded and entered her video. Just weeks later, she performed live in front of millions of viewers, the biggest names in music and her proud grandmother. "When she hit those steps and started moving, it looked like this girl had been performing for a million years," said a proud Lawson. Thrilled with her success, family and friends are still celebrating and thanking everyone who helped make Troup's dream possible. Along with a night she will never forget, Troup wins a recording contract with Justin Timberlake and a car. Troup is also the niece of Eyewitness News anchor Melanie Lawson.
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