, Salem, MA


February 26, 2013

Column: Go, Angie!


“You Set Me Free” has already received 500,000 views on YouTube. The song was “covered” a few days ago by Talinday, a singer named Dan Toth, who posted his version of Miller’s tune on YouTube. This resulted in Miller thanking him, saying on her Facebook fan page, “Oh my goodness this is CRAZY!!! This guy actually covered my original song! It means so much that he would do this.”

Meanwhile, the “American Idol” judges are comparing Angie to herself, telling her that they doubt any performance she does of another song can compare to the performance she already gave featuring her own original number. After that, no matter how flawlessly she performed Jessie J’s “Nobody’s Perfect,” all the judges could talk about was “You Set Me Free.” Keith Urban, who teared up with he heard it, said if the song were made, he’d listen to it on the radio in his car. Yes, a lot of us would listen to it — and we will some day!

Like Shakespeare said, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Tune in to “American Idol” (Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox), and watch the lovely Angie Miller doing just that.


Mary Alice Cookson is a Beverly-based columnist and a Beverly Music and Performing Arts Association board member. She welcomes comments at




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