Kennesaw’s Peyton Parker third local to pass blind audition on ‘The Voice’

THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" -- Pictured: Peyton Parker -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Peyton Parker — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Three episodes of “The Voice” in and three metro Atlantans have already made the cut. Last week, Atlanta‘s Nick Hagelin (Team Pharrell) and Marietta’s Angie Keilhauer (Team Blake) earned spots into the second round.

Now Peyton Parker of Kennesaw has joined them. Last night, she performed Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Dreams” with a country flair.

The 20 year old moved to Nashville three years ago to pursue her music career but identified her hometown Kennesaw for the show. She received three turns: Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. Only Adam Levine held back.

Blake compares her voice to that of Ashley Monroe and loved her pitch. Christina argued that Peyton would get more individual attention from her since Blake tends to monopolize country singers. But Blake wins the day. She is Team Blake.

Parker, in a follow up interview, said she had admired Blake and wanted him all along though Pharrell and Christina did try to change her mind. “I went with my gut,” she said. “Blake is an amazing country artist. He does everything I want to do.”

She had attended Kell High School but moved to Nashville with her parents in 2013 for her career. Besides working a bit with famed songwriter Charlie Peacock, she said it’s been a tough slog. She hits the streets and busks. She does songwriter rounds and open mics. “It’s a tough place to book shows,” she said. “It’s also a good thing. It makes me up my game in the songwriting and vocal area.”

Parker tried out first for “The Voice” five years ago and botched the interview but said she’s more mature and likes interviews now.

She said she sang “Dreams” during one of her auditions and was thrilled to be able to do so again on the live show. “It’s one of my favorite songs and I play it at all my shows,” she said. “It really suits my voice.”

And small reality show world: she once dated Zack Everhart, who finished fourth on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2014. He was a tap expert who also attended Kell.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 4 contestants Valerie Rockey (R) and Zack Everhart Jr. perform a Contemporary routine to "Pearls" choreographed by Tyce Diorio on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, August 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mike Yarish

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Top 4 contestants Valerie Rockey (R) and Zack Everhart Jr. perform a Contemporary routine to “Pearls” choreographed by Tyce Diorio on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, August 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mike Yarish


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