For Mohawk singer’s verdict on ‘The Voice’: Wait and see
CHARLEMONT — The suspense continues for local fans of television singing competition “The Voice,” or fans of local pop-country singer Holly Mae “May” Brown.
The two intersected last week with the 16-year-old Mohawk Trail Regional High School sophomore auditioning for a spot on the NBC reality show in Boston on Saturday, but whether she moves on to the show proper won’t be known for some time yet.
Mother Heather Brown said the audition went very well, but the family won’t learn the verdict until later this summer.
“They usually let them know around the middle of August, and that’s what we’re waiting on,” Brown said. “She did extremely well, and they told her she had an outstanding performance, and we just have to wait.”
If Holly Brown is successful, her next step will be a tryout in Los Angeles. If she succeeds there, she will perform on the national TV show.
Holly Brown said she landed the audition through her manager, Enoch Jensen of Shelburne, who sent in a video audition. The video was suitably impressive to bring an invitation to the Boston audition, where she sang “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry and “More Like Her” by Miranda Lambert, and clips of two other songs for show producers.
“It was a really awesome experience. I had a lot of fun. It was really nerve-wracking but a lot of fun,” Brown said. “Everyone was so nice.”
Brown will be known to local audiences for appearances in Valley Idol Jr., a local talent competition at the Shea Theater, as one of 10 finalists in the Texaco Country Showdown Competition put on by Bear Country 95.3 in 2011, Charlemont Senior Center performances and singing the national anthem for Mohawk football and basketball games.
The Voice features a panel of music celebrities who select auditioning singers for their teams, then train and weed out their own teams through a series of competitions before pitting the singers against each other in a final, live phase in which the television audience selects the winners. The eventual winner receives a recording contract.
“My hope from the show is maybe to meet some new people and get as far as I can with it,” Brown said. “Hopefully, a record deal some day.”
If Brown succeeds, she will not be the first singer with local ties to make it into the game.
Michelle Brooks-Thompson of Sunderland and former Shutesbury resident Naia Kete both performed for the show in 2012 but were eliminated from their teams — in separate seasons — before the live competition phase.
Brooks-Thompson subsequently signed as a solo Gospel singer with Christian record label Tate Music Group, according to her website, and Kete released two of her three available singles and albums since.