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Born with a mic in her hand

Rockdale senior-to-be got call back for NBC’s hit show ‘The Voice’
By MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer

Emily McCoy has been singing in front of an audience since she was in Kindergarten and has continued to do so at pageants, community events and 4-H contests across the state. But this summer her vocal skills have launched her to new heights—reaching as far as some Hollywood connections.


McCoy auditioned and got a call back for NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ McCoy auditioned and got a call back for NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ The 18-year-old started singing in contests when she was very young and just hasn’t stopped.

“I started singing about the age of six, for local 4-H contests. I guess my parents just saw the spark in me at that young age because they have pushed me to keep doing it and now it has had a great outcome on my life,” McCoy said.

She has sang at several community events and pageants, but the 4-H stage is where she has been the most.

“My favorite memory is, hands down, my performance this summer at Texas 4-H Round Up. I performed for thousands in the “4-H Has Talent” competition in Reed Arena. I had a great performance and had the most fun on stage I ever had,” she said. “It is definitely a memory I will cherish forever.”

TOP VOCALIST—In early June, the RHS senior-to-be, was selected as one of only six finalist from across Texas to compete in the “4-H Has Talent” contest at the annual State 4-H Round Up at Texas A&M University in College Station.

To enter, McCoy had to submit a video of her singing on You- Tube and the videos were judged and the finalists were selected.

She had been one of 10 selected the previous year when Roundup was held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The winner is chosen by text message votes. Once the performance was over, a number was posted for each contestant and voting was only open for five minutes. Her parents set up the “Emily McCoy Needs Your Vote” Facebook page prior to the event to let everyone know when they could start voting.

19 VOTES—In front of 3,000 4-H members, leaders and friends, McCoy went up as the final performer and belted out Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing” to rave reviews from the audience.

When the results were totaled, McCoy won second place by a difference of only 19 votes and was the top vocalist.

During that same week, McCoy competed against 21 contestants in the Share-the-Fun vocal contest in Rudder Theater.

At the state contest, Emily performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys and won third place, getting to walk across the stage at the Roundup recognition ceremony back at Reed Arena.

‘GRATEFUL’—The daughter of John and Yvette McCoy knows that if it weren’t for her faith and her parents, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

“I am very grateful for the God-given talent I was blessed with and I’m grateful that I can keep improving it and having the ability to share it with others,” she said. “I am also very grateful for my parents for making me go to all those contests when I was little and pushing me at a young age because if it wasn’t for them doing that, I wouldn’t have the passion for singing like I do now.”

‘THE VOICE’—Earlier this month, McCoy went to the Austin Convention Center and auditioned for the hit NBC show “The Voice.”

There were around 6,000 people from literally everywhere and McCoy had to sing one song a cappella. The auditioning process had groups of 10 performing in front of a judge.

McCoy received a call back, meaning the judge was impressed with her rendition of “Broken Wing” and she was invited back for the second round. She then had just three days to prepare three songs the judges had picked for her. She went back to SoundCheck Studios on July 16 and had to sing before a producer/judge.

She received great feedback and was told that they would love to see her back next year to audition again because at this time, her judge was not looking for a country singer. “I am very proud and excited for how far I made it. It was a very positive experience,” McCoy said. “I met tons of musicians and singers, many of which were from out of state and chasing their dream all across the country.” Had she been successful in that second round, McCoy would have had to relocate to Los Angeles for her stint on the show.

The current Miss Rockdale’s career plans after high school include attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and majoring in nursing. You can bet she will add a little singing in there somewhere.


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