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Mishon Ratliff  

Mishon Ratliff also known simply as Mishon, is an American singer, dancer and actor.

Mishon Tarique Ratliff was born February 3, 1993 in Los Angeles California. He is the second child of Shontay and Michael Ratliff. Mishon has 2 brothers and one sister. Mishon displayed his singing talent at the young age of 3 years old. He would sing in the bathtub and around his family home all the time.

At the age of 4, his parents enrolled him in a singing class at Moultrie Studio in Montclair California. There he sung with a group of kids his age for a period of 9 months and ended that session with a concert. He was still very shy and only sung at home for his family. Later, in 2nd grade, Mishon joined his elementary school’s choir. He auditioned for a solo part in the Christmas concert that year and was the only second grader to get a solo part. He has continually earned solo parts in his school’s choir. Mishon came out of his shyness when he sung a solo at his Great Grandfather’s funeral in September 2001. He sung, “Lean on Me” as a dedication to his grieving family and had the whole church on its feet.

In August 2002 Mishon participated in “Showtime at the Apollo Kids Talent Search” in Los Angeles California. He auditioned with over 200 kids and was one of 35 to make it to the finals. In October of 2002, Mishon honored his grandmother by singing a special Happy Birthday song to her at her surprise 50th birthday party. In February 2003, Mishon showcased his talent in front of a live audience when he took the stage at Steve Harvey’s Apollo West, in Los Angeles California. He sung Michael Jackson’s l’ll Be There and drove the crowd crazy. He won first place that night. Also, in Feb. 2003, Mishon auditioned to be a contestant on NBC’s America’s Most Talented Kid. He was chosen to compete in the 8-10 year old category and his first appearance was April 11, 2003. He appeared again singing Michael Jackson’s Rock with You on April 25th. He was a hometown favorite.

When not singing, Mishon enjoys riding his bicycle around his family home and playing his PSP. He also greatly enjoys playing basketball. He is currently a 7th grader and is an honor student. He is an excellent reader and speller and continually earns top grades in all his school subjects.

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