Evanstonian Ava Suppelsa’s music style has been described as “James Taylor meets Norah Jones in the country.”Submitted photo

Evanstonian teen singer/songwriter Ava Suppelsa has been named a 2015
National YoungArts Foundation Finalist winner in VOICE/Singer/Songwriter. The 17 year old was born and raised in Evanston and is now a high school senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

Ava will join 170 YoungArts finalists in Miami, Fla., chosen from 11,000 applicants nationwide from 10 arts disciplines.

Ava wrote her first songs at age 12, had her first onstage performance in 8th grade and a year later won Evanston Township High School’s version of American Idol in the soloist category. Since then she has performed on stage at numerous venues, including the Hard Rock Cafe, charity events, fairs and house concerts.

After she graduates from Interlochen Arts Academy Ava says she looks forward to studying music and pursuing a vocal career.

Each finalist will receive a financial award and be considered for a U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts nomination.