Of course winning the competition's $5 million recording contract prize wouldn't be bad either.
DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
Although it seems like a one in a million shot, stranger coincidences have happened. It's certainly possible that if he wins the The X Factor, the ensuing publicity--or the money he receives from a recording contract--might allow him to find his first mother. A close friend of mine adopted two boys from Recife in 1986, aged one and two. The adoption agency, since closed, gave her little information about them telling her that their lives would begin when she took them to the United States. When the boys were teenagers, she took them to Recife. Although the media did a story about their search and they appeared on a local television news program, the boys never connected with their mothers.
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Since our reunion, I've heard other stories about far-fetched attempts to effect a reunion. One adoptee moved into a city where her mother had lived. She knew her mother's maiden name, which was not a common name, and thought that perhaps her mother still had relatives in the area. She scanned the obituaries every day, looking for someone with the same name as her mother's maiden name. She did not find her mother--though she came close. Her mother's sister had passed away couple of months before the adoptee moved to that city. The death notice identified the decedent as having the same last name as the adoptee's mother, and having a sister with the same first name as the adoptee's mother.
Carmichael shares her father's musical talents; she sings and plays the Celtic harp. Johnson recently recorded a CD to be released October 6 and his daughter joins in on one tune. Other musicians have passed on musical talent: Nora Jones, though never adopted, is the biological daughter of the Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Sean Lennon and John Lennon. Et cetera.
While Johnson's connection with his daughter is a happy story, it's sad that so many obstacles to reunion exist. Agencies which deal in international adoptions should obtain and maintain complete identifying information on all the children they place. We understand that they are doing a much better job than they did in the past when the prevailing though was that, save major health problems, the child's natural family was irrelevant. Adoption records--original birth certificates and court pleadings--should be open in every state and made available to all adoptees and their parents.--Jane
*David Correy hopes to find birth mother on "The X Factor" audition by singing Bruno Mars song
Songwriter/guitarist Michael Johnson reunites--and records--with his long lost daughter
A First Father's Story: Search and Reunion