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Local singer and songwriter Casey Weston found out that to make it on a national stage sometimes you have to fall down.
The 18-year-old Gulf Coast High senior had a spill taking the stage for her second audition during last week's episode of NBC’s “The Voice.” The mishap didn’t rattle her. She impressed Maroon 5 lead-man Adam Levine enough to be selected to his team and as one the show’s 32 contestants.
“I was skipping up to the stage, so excited about my second audition, my second chance and I went ‘blip’ on the stairs and took a fall,” Weston said in an interview last Friday with 106.9 The Bull. “But I braced myself so the guitar didn’t hit the ground. So I made sure the guitar was safe. And when I got up I said, ‘I recovered.’ Then I waved to Christina (Aguilera), Blake (Shelton) and Cee-Lo (Green) who watched the whole thing go down and they were laughing.”
Now Weston hopes to still be standing after Tuesday night's battle-round competition (10 p.m. on NBC). She will be paired with another singer from Levine’s team and only one will survive. The field of 32 will be cut in half after the battle round.
Weston has been working with Levine, her coach, as part of his group of eight singers. She said it has been “eye opening” to work with Levine, who has given her vocal and performance tips.
“For me it was very, very enlightening to work with him,” Weston told the radio station. “He is so talented and he picks things up so fast. I think he really, really helped me.”
To advance, Weston will also have to battle her nerves. She admits that’s what got the best of her during the first audition when none of the coaches selected her. She said,
“Knowing that millions of people were watching (the show) put a butterfly in (my) heart that was going at war.”
“My butterflies were going crazy they were insane and I couldn’t control them,” Weston said “It adds this surreal nervousness in your head that you never thought you would ever have.”
Weston, the daughter of Dave and Toni Weston, has shown she has what it takes to win singing competitions.
Two years ago, Weston took top honors at the Colgate Country Showdown, a talent show hosted by The Bull out of Highlands County. The competition featured 16 performers, including former American Idol contestant Shelby Dressel.
Carolyn Kneller works the midday shift at the station that sponsored the talent show. She recognized Casey’s talent even at such a young age.
“She’s got not only the talent to sing and play guitar but also to write,” Kneller recalled. “She was able to take songs traditionally performed by a male artist and make them her own.”
That’s what she did with Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” during her second-chance audition. Now, one of the perks of the shows is that Weston’s rendition of the song is available on iTunes. Weston said that knowing people are buying her music is “the coolest thing ever.”
Hearing Weston and the other contestants sing, and not judging them on appearance, is the premise of “The Voice.” And Weston says she is a big fan of the format, where the coaches didn’t see the artists until they selected them.
“Nowadays you want to hear real music, you want to hear real artists and you want to hear the passion and the voice,” Weston said. “And if you truly hear that -- without seeing what is behind the curtain -- then you are really get the truth out of the music.”
And luckily for Weston, she wasn’t judged on falling down.
Staff writer Tauren Dyson contributed to this story