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Think you have what it takes to be the next singing sensation? Auditions for ‘the Voice’ coming to Philly this month

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STORY WRITTEN BY PEG DeGRASSA 
pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com
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Think you have what it takes to sing your way to the top, get signed to a recording label, and become the next singing sensation to sweep the nation? NBC’s “The Voice” will hold auditions in Philadelphia February 20 and 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. The two time Emmy Award winning, number one show features some of the country’s best unknown artists and four of the biggest names in music as coaches.
“The Voice” is looking for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music, including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues and indie.
To audition, singers must be a legal resident of the United States and be 15 years of age or older by March 28, 2016. Those under 18 must have a signed parent/guardian consent. If chosen, contestants must be willing to travel to Los Angeles, CA, for up to seven days in March or April. Producers of the show will provide and pay for transportation and lodging.
Local singers should visit NBCTheVoice.com where they can register and get more detailed information. They should then prepare two songs for the open call audition. Chances are unlikely that they will perform both songs, but they must have them ready, and only a cappella is allowed, with no background tracks, instruments or accompaniment of any kind. Family, friends, managers and vocal instructors will not be allowed at the audition, but a parent is allowed if the candidate is under 18.
Since a large crowd is anticipated, singers can possibly bypass the multitude of auditioning hopefuls by sending an audition clip in advance. Officials for the show will watch the clips, give pointers and tips on what they hear and select a few of their favorite artists to whom they’ll award a “Front of the Line” pass.
“The Voice” has come to Philadelphia before in its search for contestants. The judges are not present at the open call auditions.
The concept of “The Voice” TV show is to find new singing talent (solo or duets) by auditioning and coaching aspiring singers  drawn from public auditions, such as this one in Philadelphia. The winner, after being coached by a celebrity performer, is determined by television viewers who vote by telephone, Internet, text, and iTunes Store purchases of the audio-recorded artists’ vocal performances. Winners of each season receive a large monetary award and a recording deal.
Season Ten celebrity voice coaches will be Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams.
In 2014 on Season Six of “The Voice,” Glenolden resident Audra McLaughlin, coached by accomplished country singing star and television personality Blake Shelton, made it to the top ten on the show and garnered national recognition with her unique powerful singing voice and winning personality. Since captivating America on the show, McLaughlin has performed at pro sporting events, festivals and a variety of other venues, in addition to releasing her first single, “Tennessee Cowboy” in October which is currently available through iTunes.

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