Kaleigh Glanton’s blind audition on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" surprised and impressed the judges — enough to motivate them all to turn around and try to recruit her to their team. However, the audition also came as a bit of a surprise to Glanton herself.
A friend of her father — Bethel College guitar instructor Howard Glanton — sent some of her music to the manager she now works with. This manager had connections to "The Voice" and set up an audition for her without her even knowing it.
Glanton's performance was a hit, and now she's watching her career take off. However, she hasn't forgotten her roots, and she made a stop at Mojo’s Coffee Bar in North Newton Thursday night — a place she's performed at many times. She also stopped at Sunset Elementary in Newton.
"Everybody's helping me out so much," she said. "I have a lot of support here."
Glanton has been playing the guitar since she was 4 years old and singing since the age of 16. She said her musical style is influenced by a variety of genres: blues, soul, folk, indie and pop/rock. The singer saw "The Voice" as her "big break."
"It was a lot of hard work, but it was a lot of fun and I met some amazing people," she said. "It was exhausting, but in a very good way. It was just an amazing experience."
She decided to pick "Team Blake" (country singer Blake Shelton) based on his comments to her during the audition and how he fought to get her on his team. She liked how he made eye contact with her while he was talking to her.
Glanton currently is working on an album and is performing in different venues as she looks to launch her career in the music industry. Find full-length, studio versions of her songs from "The Voice" on iTunes. Also find her on Facebook and Twitter.