Most of us can only dream of stardom. The process is grueling. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to know the right people who can help along the way, but it is crucial to make the correct decisions to successfully navigate the path required to reach that all important goal.
Hudson resident, Shalyah Fearing, 15, recognized all of these things, which is why she is well on her way to becoming a shiny star in the music and entertainment industry!
From the age of five, Shalyah has shared her vocal gift with her family, her church and her community. However, thanks to her drive and determination, when she turned 15, she headed north to Atlanta, GA, for an open casting call for NBC’s Emmy award-winning, The Voice. Her decision to take that step resulted in her being chosen to compete alongside 23 talented vocalists, all selected for season ten of the popular show which aired this spring.
Each week, Shalyah used the corrective criticism from superstar judges Pharell Williams, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and her own team coach, Adam Levine, to further develop her voice and style.
Following her performance of “The Climb” during week three, on Monday, April 25, Adam praised her efforts: “Love you. You’re amazing. You are the embodiment of that dream. It is unbelievable how you have advanced with your talent. This is an amazing moment and I’m very proud of you!”
Shalyah made many friends through her experience on The Voice, but the most important lessons came from the judges. She said, “I’ve learned from Christina how to use and control my technique as a singer. I learned from Pharrell how to be creative with music and make it my own. From Adam, I learned the greatest lesson of all: ‘perfection is just glorified opinion.’ You can’t possibly please everyone. All you can do is go out on the stage and give your best performance every single time!”
That she did until her elimination from the highly-acclaimed televised competition in week six, finishing in seventh place.
“Before I appeared on The Voice, I thought that I had learned everything. Then I got (there) and realized how far I was from the finish line. After being on this show, I can now see the finish line. I’m not there yet but I can see it. I’ve learned so much being on this show, and I will take it with me forever,” Shalyah added.
During the show, Blake told Shalyah, “Your voice is developing before our very eyes. Considering what you’ve been through, you have remained true to your story. Your journey is just now starting for you.”
She lives with her parents and seven siblings in Hudson, and they are quite a musical family! Shalyah said, “Life is good. We all love music and play instruments. Four of us are in a rock band we call Fearingstar.”
She anticipates the next step in her musical career is to attend a school of arts to learn more about her craft. From then, she hopes to continue singing and writing music to inspire others.
Congratulations on your successful ride on The Voice, Shalyah!
Your community wishes you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!
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