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OKC singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer plays hometown show after honing her talents on tour

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Darci Lynne Farmer, with Petunia and Oscar [Todd Rosenberg Photography]
Darci Lynne Farmer, with Petunia and Oscar [Todd Rosenberg Photography]

Less than halfway through 2019, Darci Lynne Farmer has competed in a second TV talent show, been officially declared a role model and brought the tally of states she has visited to 39.

Even a year and a half after winning “America’s Got Talent,” the 14-year-old Oklahoma City singer and ventriloquist is still relishing fresh adventures she wouldn’t have experienced any other way.

“Going on ‘AGT,’ I just really wanted to inspire others to try ventriloquism because it’s such an old art. I wanted other people to try it, and I ended up meeting that goal — because these tours and these kids are living proof of that,” she said in a recent phone interview during her ride home from school. “I see lots of kids bringing their puppets to the shows. And some of them will come back to meet and greet and I get to meet them, I get to meet their puppets, and they say that I inspired them to do it. So, it’s really awesome to see that.”

The Deer Creek Middle School student is bringing her second tour, "Darci Lynne and Friends: Fresh Out of the Box,” to her hometown Sunday for a Mother’s Day matinee at the Civic Center Music Hall. It will be her first Oklahoma City show since her four-show, two-day stand at The Criterion in December 2017.

“I’ve definitely improved personally as a performer. Starting out I was just such a noob,” she said, laughing as her mom, Misty Farmer, cracked up at her use of the slang for “newbie.” “I was still figuring it all out. But last year was a 52-city tour. Fifty-two cities is a lot of practice … and I kind of know what I’m doing now.”

New experiences

After winning NBC’s summer 2017 edition of “America’s Got Talent,” Darci Lynne was one of 50 all-star acts from past seasons of “AGT” and the other “Got Talent” franchises around the globe invited to participate in the spin-off “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”

The finale came down to the two most recent “AGT” winners: Darci Lynne, the Season 12 victor, and reigning Season 13 winner Shin Lim, a magician from Boston. Although she was eliminated in the initial rounds, the Oklahoma City native was brought back as a wild card, ultimately coming in second to Lim.

“I got to meet people from so many different countries and people that were super talented. And it was an awesome experience. I got to see some of my old 'AGT' friends, and I ended up placing second, which was incredible, and I never would have thought I’d do THAT,” she said.

In March, she made appearances as the local role model for the Barbie “Be Anything” Tour, part of the doll’s 60th anniversary celebration.

“They were stopping at 18 cities, and Oklahoma City was one of them — and they wanted me to be their role model from Oklahoma City,” she said. “I never really would have thought that I’d be a role model for a bunch of kids in Oklahoma City, so to know that I am is a really awesome thought.”

Live show

The focus for Darci Lynne has been developing her live shows, which she said draw multigenerational crowds across the country.

“It does get tiring sometimes, but it’s been more fun than tiring. I love seeing the new places and meeting all the new people,” said the eighth-grader, who will be heading to high school in August.

Her concerts showcase her four current puppet partners — Katie, the yodeling cowgirl; Oscar, the soulful mouse; Edna Doorknocker, the ornery old lady; and Petunia, the bunny diva — as well as the teenager singing on her own.

“Singing with my mouth open is way different than with closed because I can actually get the right technical things that come along with singing, like saying your vowels right, opening your mouth at the right time. The breathing techniques are different. It’s definitely easier singing with my mouth open,” she said. “Me and my mom might sing a song in the show together Sunday. … It’s a special occasion.”

ON STAGE

"Darci Lynne and Friends: Fresh Out of the Box Tour”

When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Tickets and information: www.okcciviccenter.com or www.darcilynne.com.

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<strong>Darci Lynne Farmer [Todd Rosenberg Photography]</strong>

Darci Lynne Farmer [Todd Rosenberg Photography]

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Brandy McDonnell

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