'The Voice' competitor is moving forward
Sometimes a performer steals the show. But it's not that common for a performer to get stolen themselves. But that's exactly what happened to a Newberg native performing on NBC's "The Voice."
Natasia GreyCloud, 29, made it onto the show after dazzling the judges during her blind audition singing her rendition of Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One." GreyCloud earned a spot on Team Jennifer Hudson. However, barely a month into her Voice journey, it appeared GreyCloud might be packing her bags and heading home.
She went head to head with teammate Mike Parker, where they sang a duet of John Mayer's "Gravity." However, Parker was declared the winner in a battle round on Oct. 16 by Hudson, which would have sent GreyCloud home.
However, GreyCloud was scooped up by judge Kelly Clarkson and will get to remain on the show. She will continue competing for a recording contract as judges can save one singer per round, which Clarkson, the winner of the first American Idol, did for GreyCloud this time around.
In a phone interview from Los Angeles, GreyCloud said it was an "exciting and crazy" experience to be "stolen" by Clackson. She said she had been told by coaches she was up for a "steal" after she didn't win her last round, but that there was a limited amount of steals.
"It's crazy, when you're up there your goal is to win," GreyCloud said.
Moving forward, GreyCloud said she is going to the "knockout round," which is the last opportunity to get to live shows.
"It can be pretty intense," she said.
GreyCloud previously credited Newberg as the place where she came to love music. Growing up in church, she sang in a choir and continued singing and performing into high school. She was approached by The Voice to appear on the show while she was living in Nashville, where she had created a name for herself as a singer and songwriter. She initially began touring after high school with her husband, and eventually moved to Los Angeles. However, she and her husband eventually were divorced and she moved to Nashville with her sister.
GreyCloud said she is ready and has high hopes for making the live shows, despite having her share of anxiousness and nervousness.
"That's my mindset going into it," she said. "I'm coming prepared and ready to go."
GreyCloud also made sure to credit her Newberg roots, saying the response she's gotten from people back home has been "crazy."
"I always just want to shout them out," she said of her hometown roots. "It's just overwhelming."
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