Local singers ready for “The Voice” Atlanta auditions

Local singers ready for “The Voice” Atlanta auditions

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by BOBBY SISK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 26 at 4:38 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- We’re less than two weeks away from the Atlanta auditions of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”  With Atlanta the closest audition city to Charlotte, it looks like the Queen City will be well represented.

“I’ve got four people going and the phone just keeps ringing,” said Charlotte voice coach Jane Edgren.

Three of the four are new to her studio and looking for some last minute advice.

“We have Amy Miller, who is a brand new student.  I’ve worked with her once and she’s just amazing,” Edgren said.  “I have Ryan Neff, who is a young man who is just at the beginning of his career, and then Charlotte Overman, who has been singing for a really long time and is more of a country singer.”

Amy has some experience with reality show tryouts.  She auditioned more than once for American Idol.  Amy, who also sings in a travelling show band, gave it a shot five times before she aged out of the competition. 

“Every single time that I went, I just never really felt that I gave it my best performance,” she said.  At 31, she feels ‘The Voice’ gives her a new opportunity to live out her dream.”

Charlotte auditioned in Charleston just last week, but didn’t make it through.  She’s already pre-registered for “The Voice” and hopes the process runs a little more smoothly. 

“I’m hoping that it is a lot more organized and that it is not as crazy,” Overman said. 

In Charleston, she stood in line for hours.

All three, along with Ryan, are working on two important things.  First, as you’ve heard before on singing competitions, is song selection. 

“I’m singing ‘Crazy on You by Heart and Natural Woman’ by Aretha,” Miller said. 

The second big lesson is confidence to make sure nerves don’t take over. 

“Nerves are the worst thing.  The first place they go is the breathing,” said Edgren. 

“I want to keep trying until I know 100% that someone heard me where I did my absolute best,” added Miller. 

Neff is taking a more laid back approach and looking at the process as a way to learn. 

“I just want the experience.  It seems like something that’ll be fun and a good story,” said Neff.

All three hope the tryouts are just the beginning of their musical story—one that’ll end with their favorite judge hitting the button and turning around.

“I’m so excited.  I can’t wait,” Overman said.

All four of Edgren’s students are trying out on Friday, August 5th and even though she can’t go with them to the actual tryout, she does plan to be in Atlanta for moral support.

If even one gets through, Jane says she’ll be ecstatic.

“I would love that.  It would be fantastic,” she said. 

If they don’t, there’s still an important lesson learned.

“You’re going to face a lot of rejection in your career and you just take it as another step on the journey,” she said.

NewsChannel 36 be tracking the Charlotte contestants and let you know how they do.

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