A woman with Neosho ties is on the popular NBC show The Voice and she is one of the final 16 contestants.
Caroline Glaser, 19, of the St. Louis area, is the granddaughter Neosho residents Bob and Carlee Johnson, and the daughter of Josh and Mitzi (Johnson) Glaser.
“I've always enjoyed The Voice, but never really thought about auditioning until I got in touch with an entertainment lawyer through a family friend,” Caroline said. “My best friend's aunt went to high school with him, and they were eating dinner one night when she showed him some of my YouTube covers online. A few days later, we got in touch, and he set up a ‘private audition’ for season 3 of The Voice. I unfortunately didn't make the cut, so I tried again for season 4. He set up another private audition, this time in Memphis, Tenn. My mom and I drove down there, and the day of my audition we both came down with a pretty bad case of food poisoning. After this I kind of set music to the side, and went away to college at the University of Kansas, where I’m an undeclared major. About mid-semester, I got a call from my entertainment lawyer asking if he could send in my videos to The Voice for season 4… they were looking for more talent. I said yes, and about five days later, I was flown out to L.A. for the blind auditions. It's all happened so fast. I still can't really believe I'm here.”
The remaining 16 artists will perform Monday and Tuesday. America will vote and on Wednesday, the top 12 will remain: one artist from each team will go home. Also, Wednesday is a special episode, as the show only airs on Mondays and Tuesdays. Live shows start May 13 and run through the finale on Tuesday, June 18.
“This is absolutely a dream come true for me,” Caroline said. “I've always loved singing and performing I just never thought I had what it takes to be successful at it. This has been extremely eye-opening.”
Mitzi said her daughter started playing the piano when she was just a little girl.
“She has always been interested in the piano,” added Mitzi. “She took voice lessons as a little girl. When she was in high school, she wanted a guitar. She taught herself how to play on the Internet.”
In the last few days, Caroline has done preparations for the upcoming show. Asked how hard it is to rehearse for the music that she sings on The Voice, she said “intense.”
“Rehearsing songs for the show is a lot more intense than rehearsing for any performance I have practiced for at home,” Caroline added. “There's a lot more to worry about here, along with memorizing the song lyrics there's getting used to the cameras, the live audience, the huge stage. I don't know, it definitely takes a lot of getting used to that's for sure. Although I can honestly say I've never felt more challenged, I've also never felt more motivated/passionate. I've already learned so much.”
Page 2 of 2 - Caroline’s parents and grandparents will be watching her perform on the show.
“A nation-wide television show, one of the top shows in the country and our granddaughter is on it,” said Bob.
Carlee added, “We are really proud of her. She has done well.”
The family went out to California when Caroline was auditing for season 3 of the show and Carlee remembered what she told her.
“Do your very best and show your dimples,” she said.
Mitzi is also proud of her daughter.
“Oh my goodness, it has just been an amazing experience for the whole family,” she said. “To watch Caroline pursue this dream and actually get as far as she had gotten. We are so proud, and happy for us. She is just having the time of her life.”
Caroline credits her family’s support on getting her here to this point.
“I couldn't have done any of this without my family's support,” Caroline said. “I love you guys so so much! Thank you to everyone watching/ supporting me. Be sure to vote.”
Asked what her plans are after the show ends, Caroline said, “I think I am just going to enjoy the ride for now, and see what happens. I am definitely planning on going back to school for music, but I may take some more time off and fully pursue music. Maybe go on tour? I don't know, we'll see.”