Weatherford Democrat

August 27, 2013

Tragedy, triumph and talent


Weatherford Democrat

By SALLY SEXTON

Weatherford resident Donnia Harris, who has had her share of struggles in life, has immense pride when it comes to her three children. That pride has been shared with people all over the country for her son, Timber Brown, who was recently named a semifinalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Through acts that include acrobatic pole dancing and dangling by hand, neck and feet from a steel sphere, Brown, who graduated from Boswell High School in Fort Worth, has advanced to the semifinals. Along his journey to potential Vegas stardom (AGT winners receive a headline show in Las Vegas), Brown’s mother has been there every step of the way, seeing her son perform live for the first time a few weeks ago at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

To help garner the community’s support for Brown, Harris will be hosting a viewing party for his next performance on Sept. 3 at the Lake Weatherford Marina.

“We had Casey James on ‘American Idol’ and now we’ve got Timber on ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Harris said. “I’m just so proud of him, and I want anyone that wants to support him to come out and watch.”

After performing in Vegas and other venues, Brown, 28, auditioned for AGT in Los Angeles in July.

“The main reason I auditioned is because I wanted to attract attention to what I wanted to do and also bring awareness to my charity, Timber’s Kids,” the acrobat and aerialist said.

The charity, which helps kids that come from broken, abusive, drug-addicted homes, raises money for other charities through performances by Brown as well as community outreach.

“Timber is an example that no matter how bad things are, you can always be something in life,” Harris said. “He just cares about people and I love that.

“It may sound a little strange, but I look up to Timber. He is an inspiration to me and I’m his biggest fan,” Harris said. “It’s good to see God’s mercy in life for Timber. God has always been there for him, even when his home life wasn’t that great.”

For his next act, although Brown can’t reveal any specific details due to his contract, he has offered up a few clues for his fans.

“It’s going to be something that you haven’t seen. There are some risk elements, but this performance will be a little more dramatic and artistic,” he said.

The relationship between Harris and Brown hasn’t always been as close as it is now.

After struggling with her demons for several years, Harris completed rehab about three years ago and is on a successful road to recovery.

“I’m sober now,” Harris says proudly. “I completed rehab, but I’m still in recovery. With alcohol or drugs, its not something that ever really goes away.

“I’m now learning to live life on life’s terms and be the best I can.”