Woman shares ‘Voice’ experience

February 13, 2017

Even though she did not get a call back, one local woman felt she learned a lot from her audition for The Voice. Stephanie Lee of Corinth took a chance on her performance dreams when she traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to audition for NBC’s television series “The Voice” in mid-January. The three-time Emmy Award-winning “The Voice,” is a vocal competition show and a new season is about to begin with Grammy Award-winning artist Gwen Stefani returning as a coach, joining music stars Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly, according to the NBC website. Lee, who is married to Chris Lee, and is currently employed at Money Now in Corinth, said she has always wanted to be a performer. She recalled that she grew up with a mother, Shelia Skelton, who could sing and perform. “Mom wanted to be a rock star back in the day,” said Lee with a smile. Lee said she sang in her church choir as soon as she was old enough. “You had to be 12 before you could try out for the church choir. I did a lot of talent shows, too. I have also done some acting,” she said. The singer said she enjoys singing and performing. She has always liked theater and being on stage. She admitted it has been a while since she was able to do any theater work, but she is a veteran of Corinth Theatre-Arts, having performed in the chorus in productions such as “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Footloose,” and she had speaking roles in “Tartuffe” and “Little Women.” Regarding the speaking roles, Lee said, “I was really nervous in Tartuffe because I had a big speaking part and it was this huge paragraph at one time and it all had to rhyme. Little Women was ... I guess you could say that was my breakout role because it was the biggest part I have ever had in anything.” In regards to her abilities, Lee said, “I’ve had people tell me I have a good voice, but it’s not really anything I wanted to pursue. I really wanted to pursue acting.” With acting being the main pursuit, one would ask why she decided to audition for The Voice. When asked this question, Lee said, “I just love to perform in general. So anything to break into performing would be good for me. I thought this was a good opportunity.” There is a process she described as part of auditioning for the nationally televised show. She had to visit the show’s website and create an online account, she had to choose a city where the auditions would be taking place and a time when she could attend the auditions. “I went in not expecting anything, but I would have been proud if I had made it. I don’t meet the stereotypical, pop star type. I have always related more to the older artists like Janis Joplin, because she surely didn’t look like what you’d expect,” said Lee After registering online and choosing her audition city, date, and time, she was sent her “artist pass” about a week before she was scheduled to be in Nashville. “You print it [the artist pass] off and they scan it when you get there,” Lee explained. “Then they took us all in and put us in a room. They took us out in groups and separated us into groups of 10.” From each group, people were taken out to perform. “You go in with one song that you’re performing, then if you get a call back, they may want you to sing one or two more songs.” Lee chose to sing “Me and Bobby McGee” — a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. Lee had Janis Joplin’s rendition in mind when she performed it, which is considered a “definitive” rendition of the song, according to an article by Richard Clayton in the September, 2016 edition of Financial Times. The performer said she did not get nervous until the crucial moment. “The nerves didn’t kick in until I got up there to sing. That was when I got nervous,” said Lee. After she finished the song, she said she knew it wasn’t her best performance due to her attack of nerves, but she still felt she did well. However, she did not get a call back from the audition. “They let us know when we didn’t get a call back. Unfortunately, no one from our group made it. I only saw two people the whole time I was there that had the call back cards,” she said. After the whole experience, Lee was still content with the outcome. “I think it was a good experience. It was a learning experience,” said Lee. “I would probably do it again.”