South Sound Locals Make it onto “The Voice”

Tacoma local Stephanie Anne Johnson, 29, and Eatonville’s Emily Randolph, 15, both cleared auditions and made it onto NBC’s “The Voice” on Tuesday night, after singing their hearts out and impressing the celebrity panel.

Johnson, a Stadium High School graduate, wowed the celebrity coaches with her performance of KT Tunstall’s “Black Horses & the Cherry Tree.” Coaches CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera responded positively to Johnson’s performance, enthusiastically and simultaneously hitting their red buttons which sent their chairs spinning in approval.

Johnson’s appearance included an extended video segment featuring insight into her musical journey and the influential role that her grandmother has played in her life. Growing up singing and listening to blues and gospel with her grandmother, Johnson took classical and opera voice lessons in high school, but soon after graduation found herself working at a daycare. Wanting nothing more than to sing, Johnson got a job working on a cruise ship in Alaska. She has since given thousands of performances across the world, but none comparing to the exhilarating experience of her audition on “The Voice.”

Choosing Aguilera as her coach, Johnson will be singing for her life as she vies for first place on this season’s “The Voice.”

Also competing this year is Emily Randolph. A sophomore at Eatonville High School, Randolph impressed coach Blake Shelton Tuesday night with her rendition of Guns N’ Roses “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Like Johnson, Randolph’s grandmother has provided much support in her endeavors as a performer. A big step for this young vocalist, things have quickly changed from her quiet life on the farm in Eatonville to a star-studded spot on nationally acclaimed “The Voice.”

While he didn’t make it into the running, South Hill’s Jason Kerston performed Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel.” At only 16 years old, this Emerald Ridge High School student impressed the celebrity panel and was encouraged to come back next year.

The journey for these two singers continues Monday, Oct. 7, on NBC’s “The Voice,” airing at 8 p.m on NBC.


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