Although Agne was always "a little shy," Agne also loved singing and dancing from her earliest years. She began taking vocal lessons when she was 8 with a teacher from Lithuania. Six months into the lessons, the teacher recommended Agne start competing, so Agne did, Agne said.
"I got third place by the judge's vote and first place by the audience vote," Agne said. "It was really exciting for just starting out. It opened my eyes to what the possibilities could be."
She's since won a number of singing competitions, including Baltic Voice 2013, The Sinfonetta Bel Canto’s competition, the International Music for Kids 2016 Competition in Romania and American Protégé, where Agne sang at Carnegie Hall in New York, according to a news release from the Rialto Square Theatre.
"That was a big milestone," Agne said. "I think I was 13.
Agne performs concerts throughout the year, with the holidays and the summer being her busy seasons. Her goal, naturally, is to make singing her full-time career.
But right now, Agne is still reveling at the unexpected opportunity to share the stage with David Foster at Ravinia in July. Agne said she was enjoying the concert when Foster suddenly asked if anyone would like to sing for 30 seconds.
Agne said she thought to herself, 'Oh, my God, this is not happening!" and began waving her hands in the hair. She said Foster pointed at her, so she started to sing, "Time to Say Goodbye," which is one of her most favorite songs to perform.
"He said, 'Just a second. I know that song,'" Agne said. "He took me to the stage to sing with him while he played the piano. It was so amazing. I was trying not to cry."
Agne said attendees at the Nov. 19 event can expect a "nice Christmasy holiday experience."
The event will include performances by the Cathedral Children’s Choir, the Joliet All City Choir, and special appearances by Michelle Gliottoni Rodriguez (soprano), Holly Keenon (violinist), and Kyle Minett (bass/baritone), according to the news release.
"I think this concert will be very personable," Agne said. " And warm and welcoming."