Orianthi's crazy year
You’ll see the Aussie guitar whiz/pop singer, 24, tearing it up throughout Michael Jackson’s This is It concert film. She tells us how she got there — and what’s next.
Orianthi turns heads at the Grammys with a shred-tastic solo during Carrie Underwood’s ”Last Name”. ”I was so nervous, looking out into the audience and seeing people like Bono and Paul McCartney!”
An audition wins her a spot in the band for Jackson’s planned This Is It concerts. ”Rehearsals were intense. He was really particular. He wanted to be sure everything was perfect for his fans.”
She performs at Jackson’s memorial service. ”After Jennifer Hudson sang, I started bawling. We should have been playing the show, not his funeral.”
Orianthi’s debut album, Believe, will hit shelves. ”It has an ’80s vibe. I play a solo on every song, so I’m hoping I can inspire people to play guitar — especially young girls.”
This Is It is set for wide release. ”There were cameras around all the time, like the Big Brother house. After seeing [preview clips], it still feels powerful. It would have been the biggest show on earth.”