The local Voice: Gulf Coast High student Casey Weston to appear on NBC talent show

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Many high school seniors dream of being on a television show. But 18-year-old singer-songwriter Casey Weston of Naples actually will be: She auditioned for NBC’s new vocal competition program, “The Voice,” and her performance is part of its premiere program April 26.

“The Voice” is modeled after Holland’s vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.” Hosted by Carson Daly, the U.S. version of the show features four celebrity musician coaches: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

The premise of the show has each famous coach mentor a team of artists chosen solely for their voices. Then the coaches begin to eliminate their own group members by having contestants battle each other. Each coach will have his or her best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.

Weston’s audition performance will be broadcast during the show’s series premiere at 9 p.m. April 26 on NBC. The network has prohibited Weston from making any comments to the media about whether her audition won her a team slot.

Weston, a Gulf Coast High School senior who was born and grew up in Naples, sings and plays the guitar at restaurants, nightspots and music festivals all over Florida. She began performing her original songs and covers four years ago. In the fall of 2009, she recorded her self-titled album, “Casey Weston.”

She has opened up for well known singers on the country music circuit, such as Craig Morgan, James Otto and Justin Moore. Weston has also played at the Bluebird Café, Hard Rock Café and other venues in Nashville.

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