Memorial Hermann Nurse Sings Her Way to Superstardom

To say Christina Wells has soul is an understatement; it epitomizes her. To know her is to love her – just ask her friends, family or the thousands of adoring fans all over the world who are equally mesmerized by Wells’ ability to effortlessly belt out a pitch-perfect song.

The singing sensation and current contestant on America’s Got Talent (AGT), is a nurse by trade. She’s been a nurse for almost 14 years and recently began working at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital as a utilization review specialist.

“The greatest joy I receive from being a nurse is truly feeling like I can have an impact on someone’s life,” Wells said. “The ability to calm a troubled heart, help a patient understand their care plan, or even hold the hand of a grieving patient or family member is invaluable. Those are the moments that help me to feel I am fulfilling my responsibility of showing compassionate care to other people. I love having the opportunity to do that.”

Sharing Her Gift with Her Patients

When caring for her patients, Wells uses her formal training and nursing experience along with her musical talents. “I have sung for so many patients!” Wells said. “Over the years, especially during Christmas, I’ve had the joy of singing for patients by the nurses’ station or in common areas. It’s tough for anyone to be ill during the holidays, so I love when I have opportunities to do something I love to cheer them up.”

Wells has loved to sing and perform for as long as she can remember, but her love for creative arts has come at a price. She’s come face-to-face with the ugly side of the entertainment industry, such as opportunities failing to launch, broken promises, and others’ preconceived notions of what a performer should look like.

“It took a lot for me to get to the point in which I didn’t let it affect me. I don’t believe in revenge or sending negative energy. Those who have doubted me over the years have actually inspired me to work even harder.”

Stepping Stones to Stardom

Growing up, she idolized Donna Summer, auditioned for pop and variety shows and landed her first acting gig in college, but it was following a performance in Deer Park of the musical “Hairspray,” in which Wells played the role of Motormouth Maybelle, that she had an epiphany.

“I was singing ‘I Know Where I Been’ every night and the audiences’ reactions blew me away. I had given up on seriously pursuing a singing career a long time ago, but how I felt on that stage each night gave me a glimpse of hope and enthusiasm that my dream of being a singer could actually happen.”

The next big confirmation came when Wells successfully made it through several weeks of auditions and was named the Houston Pride Superstar 2016 champion. After that, she became fully determined to become a singer. She’s participated in several competitions, sang for audiences across the country both as a solo act and with her band, and now she’s showcasing her talents on a national platform.

Healing the World Through Song

“The outpouring of love and support I’ve received from around the world has been absolutely magical! I am in awe of the response, and I am grateful for the chance to get to share my gift in such a huge way.”

Although her star is rising, Wells hasn’t abandoned her nursing career – in fact it has inspired her to pursue a singing career with a renewed appreciation for the strength of the human spirit.

“My experiences as a nurse have taught me the incredible resilience of the human spirit. When I sing it is an extension of my desire to heal those around me. If a smile, caring for someone or singing a song can help people feel better, then I am right where I need to be.”

America’s Got Talent airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC.

Wells returns to the stage in Houston, for a Theatre Under The Stars’ upcoming production of “All Shook Up”, in which Wells will play Sylvia.

Learn about nursing careers at Memorial Hermann here.

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