January 26, 2013

Valdosta High School senior auditions for ‘The Voice’

January 26, 2013 Caitlin Barker The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Will it be team Adam or team Blake? That is just one of the many decisions 17-year-old Valdosta native Jashuna Richard will have to consider on her way to stardom.

A Valdosta High School senior, Richard got the idea to try out for NBC’s vocal competition, “The Voice,” one night when she was watching the show with her stepmother, Margaret.

“Last summer, I was watching the show with my stepmom. She said I should use my talent, so I decided to try out next year,” Richard said.

Sticking to her word, Jashuna decided to take her talent to Los Angeles, alongside her godparents, David and Marion Griffith.

Richard has been singing for 15 years, never realizing at such a young age, that she would ever develop “The Voice”-like talent.

“I started singing at a young age. My uncle was playing the piano one Christmas and I just walked up and started singing,” Richard said. “I sing everywhere.”

Singing came very naturally to Jashuna. Growing up as a middle child, she drew inspiration from her mother and grandmother, who were both singers. She also looks up to her uncle, Thaddeus Richard, who worked with Paul McCartney and the band Wings, in the mid ’70s.

“I sing at school, church, the mall,” Richard said. “I just have a talent that God gave me, so I’m going to use it.”

From singing in the shower, to singing at the Christian Fellowship Church in Adel, her years of hard work have certainly paid off. Now blessed with the opportunity to move forward in the competition, Jashuna continues to keep an open mind about the audition process.

  “I am excited but it’s kind of aggravating with all of the stuff that comes with it,” Richard said. “People think it’s easy, but it’s a long process. It was a long experience.

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