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Vocalist stunning worldwide audiences has Vt. ties

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BEIRUT, LEBANON -

An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe.

Jennifer Grout has emerged as the unlikely singing sensation on the overseas reality show Arabs Got Talent.

Unlikely because while the 23-year-old has plenty of talent, she's certainly not Arab.

But she fell in love with Arabic music, studying it in college and then moving to Morocco.

Her parents, Daryl and Susan Grout, are from Randolph, Vermont.

"Jenny first discovered this music and that was her first comment, why aren't more people singing this beautiful music," her father says.

"I think what she's doing is amazing," her mother says. "Proof that you can cross these cultural barriers through any type of art is what I think we need a lot more of in this world."

Jennifer was one of three finalists for the finale Saturday night.

A Syrian dance troupe was eventually declared the contest's winner.

Click here for a YouTube video of Jennifer Grout singing.

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