Ayla Brown ’10 was among a multitude of student singers and musicians who appeared at the 9.4-hour “Music for Mark” benefit. The event — its title a tribute to BC football player Mark Herzlich, who has battled Ewing’s sarcoma — raised more than $1,000 for Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit that pairs college football with outreach and advocacy of rare diseases.

(Photos by Christopher Huang)

She was audition for American Idol in Boston and eliminated from the show on March 9, 2006. Simon Cowell described her as “robotic and somewhat empty”.

In the end, Jackson and Abdul (who made the final judgment) sent Brown through to the Hollywood rounds. During the Hollywood rounds, Brown sang “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera, and was one of 24 semi-finalists of the fifth season of American Idol. Ayla Brown is the daughter of Republican Scott Brown, the winner of U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

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