Jan 16, 2014 8:52 PM
ROBSTOWN - 33-year-old Brenda Hernandez says singing is more of a hobby for her.
But it is also a gift that she's been sharing since she says her mom discovered her talent in their Robstown home when she was 12 years old.
"I was singing a song - ‘I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston. My mother had to do a double take and she said, ‘Are you singing or do you have the radio on?' Hernandez recalled. "I said, ‘No, Mom. It's me.'"
Hernandez says, from that moment, her mother encouraged and nurtured her singing talent. She soon learned to play guitar and started performing.
The Robstown native often spends her spare time singing at quinceaneras and weddings around town. Hernandez is also active in several ministries at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Now, there's a bigger stage awaiting Hernandez after Wednesday night's "America's Got Talent" contest at Brewster Street Ice House.
The single mother of 4-year-old Jordan and 7-year-old Jayden says she learned about the competition from her sister.
Hernandez had her supporters at the contest to cheer her on to a win.
"There was a lot of competition and a lot of great musicians and I just entrusted myself in God's hands and said, ‘Lord, you know my heart's desire,' and ... I was very surprised."
Hernandez says along with the surprise came empowerment.
"I built my confidence in my singing and I hope to go further and do something with it."
That next thing will be singing for a shot to be on one of the nation's top talent competitions.
Hernandez earned a "Front of the Line" pass for "America's Got Talent" audition at Reliant Stadium in Houston. She will be one of the first contestants before producers on Saturday morning.