Eighteen year old Victoria Huggins of Lumberton, NC has enjoyed ministering and traveling nationwide sharing the gospel since she was seven years old. Victoria has always sought to share the gospel through song and encouragement to others in sharing the limitless joy associated with being a Christian.
Victoria asked Jesus into her heart when she was five years old and was baptized when she was six. Victoria’s dad, Terrill, is full time National Guard with thirty-six years of service. He is currently deployed. Victoria’s mom and manager, Beverly, is also the office manager of Southeastern Speech of Lumberton, NC.
Victoria graduated as a National Honors Society member and is a college sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is an active volunteer in her community where she enjoys encouraging the youth of Robeson County, as well as seniors and shut-ins of Nursing care/ Assisted Living facilities across the nation. Victoria enjoys sharing with audiences for various charity and national functions including the AARP Association, and the Make a Wish Foundation for terminally ill children. She is also an Ambassador for the National Alzheimer’s Association in conjunction with the “Forget Me Not Project” founded by Garrett Davis Productions.
In August 2011, Victoria was crowned the 2011 North Carolina Grand Majestic Queen as a part of the Little Miss and Teen Miss North Carolina pageant association and was awarded a $10,000 college scholarship.
Victoria appeared on Season Ten of American Idol, advancing to Hollywood as a part of the Top 100 in 2011. Because of this wonderful opportunity, Victoria has been invited to share her testimony through motivational speaking and entertainment for YMCA’s, schools, fairs, and churches across the USA.
Victoria enjoyed performing for ten years in Myrtle Beach, SC for the Alabama Theatre’s annual Christmas production, “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”. As a featured cast member, Victoria enjoyed performing and meeting thousands of audiences from across the world.
Victoria has been featured with Bill Gaither and the Homecoming Friends on concerts in North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. She first appeared with Mr. Gaither when she was seven years old.
In September 2004, Victoria sang and represented North Carolina for the dedication of the Smithsonian Native American Museum in Washington, DC.
Victoria began traveling as a singer, entertainer, and motivational speaker upon request nationwide at age seven. The confidences placed in Victoria to share her ministry in a variety of venues are a testimony to the witness of the contagious joy and love of the Lord others see in her. Her services include interactive time with the youth of the church, songs, her testimony, and the plan of salvation. She travels on the weekends to all denominations of
churches and concert venues of all sizes. It is her goal to take the message of the gospel to the un-churched through civic functions, outdoor concerts, school functions, nursing homes visits, and community outreach.
Victoria’s national television debut began when she was six years old when she appeared on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”, in the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City, singing “I Got Saved in the Old Time Way”.
In 2003, nine year old Victoria advanced to the Semi-finals of ABC’s “Star Search”.
Also in 2003, Victoria won INSP Gospel Music Network and Daywind Music’s National Youth Solo Artist Award.
In 2011, Victoria advanced to the Top 100 out of 127,000 hopefuls on FOX's 10th Season of American Idol.
Victoria is thankful for all of her television opportunities, and can not wait to continue sharing her gift and encouraging others through more television endeavors.
2009-2011 National Honors Society Member
2011 Recipient of the North Carolina National Guard Educational Foundation/State Employees Credit Union “People Helping People” $10,000 College Scholarship
2011 Recipient of the US Army Ordinance Corps Academic Scholarship
2011 North Carolina Grand Majestic Queen
Biggest Personality EVER on "Idol"- 2011, Victoria’s biggest television opportunity to date debuted with the season premier of America’s number one television show, American Idol. Competing with 17,000 hopefuls in New Jersey, Victoria advanced to the Hollywood rounds of Season Ten. Victoria was awarded by judge, Randy Jackson, the “Biggest Personality EVER on Idol”. Upon reaching the Top 100, Victoria was eliminated from the competition.
2012 William E. Ingram North Carolina National Guard Scholarship Recipient
2012 U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Academic Scholarship Recipient
2012 Lambda Sigma Honors Society President, UNC-P chapter
2005 TheSouthernGospel.com Regional and Junior Artist of the Year awards 2006 Junior Artist of the Year
2007 Junior and Regional Artist of the Year awards with over 2.5 million votes from over 70 countries. These awards are presented by Caraway Media Group.
2003 INSP Network and Daywind Music National Youth Solo Artist of the Year
2003 National Kraft Macaroni and Cheese “Blue Box Kid” appearing on one million boxes nationwide, print ads, and television commercials.