Nicole Luz: Mormon Singer
Nicole Luz is a 15-year-old Latter-day Saint music artist from Brazil. She gained national attention after starring in the Brazilian version Of American Idol called Idols Kids at the age of nine. At age 14, she appeared on the first season of the reality show The Voice Kids, a TV show that reveals musical talents from ages 9 to 15 and is broadcast on a national television network. She impressed all four judges and The Church News reports that Nicole "showed not only that she has an amazing voice but also that, as a young Latter-day Saint, she is willing to live and uphold her high standards and values." The ChurchofJesusChrist.org report continues:
- Nicole, a Mia Maid from the Sobradinho 2nd Ward in the Brasília Brazil North Stake, drew attention after wearing her Young Women pendant during her performance. During her first audition, the costume designers asked her to remove her necklace because the rules of the show do not allow the use of any religious symbol. When she moved on to the second round, the young woman asked permission to wear the pendant. She explained its meaning and her dress standards and recited the Young Women theme and motto. Deeply moved, the costume designer allowed Nicole to wear her necklace and choose her own clothes.
Nicole recalled that the woman started crying and said, "How beautiful! I have never heard anything like that! What you said was so beautiful that from now on you can wear whatever you want." From that moment on, Nicole wore her necklace in all her performances on The Voice Kids. She said, "That was my way to express: I’m here, I’m a Mormon, I’m living my values."
After being eliminated from The Voice Kids, in 2016, Nicole was selected to participate in an international talent competition called iPOP! The competition took place in Los Angeles, California. She won first runner-up (silver medal) as the best singer in the "teen" category with 500 youth from 80 countries. Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics convening in Rio de Janeiro, she also participated in a special devotional held for Latter-day Saint youth.
On 11 October 2017, Nicole participated in a live Facebook Face to Face event for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was joined by Patch Crowe, Madilyn Paige, and Lexi Mae Walker. When asked about facing trials and adversity, she encouraged youth to read the Book of Mormon and to pray. she said, "Sometimes [life] will be hard and we will fear, but it will be harder without the Holy Ghost by our side. She also reminded those in the audience and listeners that it "never will be easy, but we want to say I worked a lot and I learned a lot and I stayed by my Heavenly Father’s side."
Nicole believes that having a good example is very important for people to be converted to the gospel. Her parents, Alfredo and Iraci Marinho Luz, who are her greatest examples, raised their children in the gospel, surrounded by music. Alfredo is a singer, and at age 2, she started singing for her family. At age 9, she started singing professionally in public and at private events.
Along with her siblings — Oliver, Eliot, and Aquiles — Nicole acquires the strength to raise her voice and her light as a standard for the nation. She said, "My desire is to be able to share music with other people for the rest of my life and to share the gospel through music." When asked, "What is your greatest dream? She replied, "Maybe to sing for the prophet someday."