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16-year-old singer gets ‘The Voice’ audition

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Singer Holly Mae Brown, 16, of Charlemont, heads to Boston for an audition for the national TV show "The Voice."  Friends are holding a meet-and-greet fundraiser for Holly on May 29 at the Eagles Club in Shelburne Falls.

Submitted photo Singer Holly Mae Brown, 16, of Charlemont, heads to Boston for an audition for the national TV show "The Voice." Friends are holding a meet-and-greet fundraiser for Holly on May 29 at the Eagles Club in Shelburne Falls.

CHARLEMONT — Mohawk sophomore Holly Mae Brown, a local pop-country singer from Charlemont, is heading for Boston on June 22, for a live, call-back audition for the television show “The Voice.”

The NBC singing competition/reality show seeks to find aspiring new talent, age 15 and over, through public auditions. The winner is determined by the votes of viewers, via telephone or online.

To help this 16-year-old raise money for her travel, photo shoot, clothing and a future music video, her family and friends are hosting a Meet and Greet Fundraiser on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shelburne Falls Eagles Club, 52 State St. in Shelburne Falls. There will be music by DJ Bobby C, snacks, a 50/50 raffle, and Chinese auction.

If Brown is successful in her Boston audition, her next step will be a tryout in Los Angeles. If she succeeds there, she will be performing on the national TV show.

Brown, whose honeyed but powerful voice has been heard around Franklin County, is no stranger to competition. She has been in Valley Idol Jr, a local talent competition at the Shea Theater, coming in second place three times in a row. She was one of 10 chosen for the Texaco Country Showdown Competition put on by Bear Country 95.3 radio in 2011, when she was 14.

Brown has performed for the Charlemont Senior Center and has sung the national anthem for football and basketball games at Mohawk Trail Regional High School where she goes to school.

Last November, Brown made her first recording of her single and cover songs with Enoch Jensen from Eastlake Recording in Shelburne Falls. Recently, she shot her first music video with Enjen Video Productions for her single “Go Big or Go Home.”

“Go Big or Go Home” was written by 16-year-old singer/songwriter Una Jensen of Shelburne Falls. This video can be seen on YouTube.

Also, Brown recently appeared in a video shoot with pop country and Nashville recording artist Krista Angelucci, her friend and a former musical rival.

“I competed against her in the Bear Country Showdown,” says Brown. “She won and moved on to the next stage. She got a record deal. She came to my 16th birthday party, as a surprise. Last weekend, I went to Scituate to be in her video.”

Brown said she learned her first song as a toddler and was known for loving to sing in her car seat, in the back of her grandmother’s car. She said she went on to karaoke and “little competitions here and there.” She sang at school talent shows and sings the “Star Spangled Banner” at Mohawk’s games.

When asked why she has chosen to go into country music, Brown replied, “My family is very much into country music and country life. I do listen to other genres, but country is what I aim for. The songs and their stories have inspired me. It’s where I’ve found my ‘happy’ spot.”

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
dbronc@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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