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Dorough Lupus Foundation

Pollyanna's Biography

The name “Pollyanna” conjures images of a little girl determined to see the best in life. Although Pollyanna Dorough is a grown woman, her faith and unconquerable spirit have given her the ability to see the best in life, as she beautifully demonstrates in her debut album “Wings of Hope.” This album brings together inspirational sentiments of comfort and faith, with universal melodies and rhythms. Already two of her songs, “Fly to Heaven” and “We Will Meet Again,” have been awarded “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year” for 2004 and 2005 from the “UCMVA Unity Awards.” In addition her song “Fly to Heaven” was also picked and now appears on the compilation album “A Tribute to Pope John Paul II” which is now available in your local Christian Book Stores.

Pollyanna grew up in the middle of five children from Orlando, Florida always embracing her love of music. She graduated as a voice major from Westchester’s Conservatory of Music at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. During that time, she continued to encourage the musical abilities of her younger brother Howard Dorough a/k/a Howie D. of the Backstreet Boys.

Pollyanna discovered her song writing ability after loosing her sister Caroline from a disease called Lupus in 1998. It was then when she wrote her first song “Fly to Heaven,” which is now the theme song for the Dorough Lupus Foundation. This non-profit organization was established by her family to promote lupus awareness, education and funds for research centers to help find a cure for Lupus. After the incredible response she received from her song, Pollyanna saw an opportunity as a musician to spread the word about lupus through her music. It was then when she began writing and recording additional songs to create her debut album “Wings of Hope.” A portion of the proceeds from the album sales are benefiting the Dorough Lupus Foundation and its’ mission to help others.

With time-off from the Backstreet Boys, Howie jumped in to encourage his sister in the studio, writing and recording as the Executive Producer of the album. “I’ve been blessed to feel Pollyanna’s uplifting spirit my entire life,” Howie says. “I want others to hear and fall in love with her and her music the way I have.”

Even before releasing her album, Pollyanna has always remained busy performing her music as a solo artist or partnering-up with her brother in countless celebrations throughout the United States and internationally in Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, South America, Puerto Rico and Japan. She has also gained thousands of Latin American fans while touring as an opening act for the Backstreet Boys’ “Black & Blue Tour” that filled stadiums throughout South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Panama. Pollyanna and Howie recently returned from performing for our military troops in Spain and Italy through the USO Tour in April 2006.

Although Pollyanna has always had a soft spot for her music, she has also participated as a featured personality for many different events, such as judging MTV’s “Wannabe” series, hosting the “Mercadofest 2004,” teaching for Holland’s “Christian Artists Seminar” and co-hosting the “United Catholic Music Video Association Unity Awards” for the past six years. In 2001 she was tapped by “TEEN BEAT” Magazine as a celebrity columnist for a monthly feature entitled ASK POLLYANNA!

Pollyanna is a unique artist whose inspiring message is clear in her music and spirit. “Life is a journey filled with love, loss, hope, fear and faith,” she says. “Through music I am able to portray such feelings and I thank God for giving me the talent and opportunity to do so.”

To learn more about Pollyanna, hear her music or order your own autographed copy of her album “Wings of Hope,” please visit Pollyanna’s website at www.Pollyanna.net.

To learn more about the Dorough Lupus Foundation and how you can help, please visit their website www.DoroughLupusFoundation.org.