ELKINS - An Elkins High School junior took her singing talents to a Nashville audition in hopes of moving on to the big stage of NBC's hit music competition show, "The Voice."
Catherine Brake was one of more than 4,000 people who auditioned at the Music City Center in Nashville on Feb. 2. Thousands had also auditioned the day before.
"On the first day of auditions, there were 4,000," Brake said. "I was there the second day, Sunday, and there was another 4,000."
"It was the last audition city and only four or five made it out of the total 8,000," Brake added. "I auditioned with an a capella version of 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin."
Brake said she put a lot of effort into her preparation for the audition.
"There was a lot of repeating the same parts of the song and getting them to a point where I thought they sounded exactly like they should," she said of her preparations.
Brake said she has been in love with singing for years.
"I have been singing my entire life, literally as long as I can remember. It is just something that I have always done," she said. "It has just always been there. I remember I used to just sing when I was little and never stopped."
Brake said that she enjoys singing because of the feelings it gives her. The feeling she gets when she's on stage is unlike anything else, she said.
"It is like an addiction and it's an adrenaline rush. You get to a point where you just can't live without it," she added.
Brake is involved with singing both at Elkins High School and in the community. She is a member of the EHS Vocal Ensemble, and served two years as one of only three lead vocalists in a lab band at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
Brake hopes to continue pursuing music as she moves on to her college career.
"I definitely want to have a really decent art program at any school I go to and choir will be at the top of my list of activities," she said.
Outside of music, Brake is involved with the apprentice program at Old Brick Playhouse, is a brown belt in Chi Do Kwan karate and serves as a teen aide at the Montessori Learning Center.
To see and hear Brake singing and performing, you can check out her YouTube channel, which she updates weekly, under the alias "soulofmusic319."