Lewiston musician Chad Bramlet has made it to the second round in auditions for TV’s “The Voice.”Bramlet was one of thousands who tried out at public auditions Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He was selected to go on to round two and will perform for show producers Wednesday night.
“It’s the last step until you get on the show,” says Bramlet, who was told to dress for the Wednesday audition as if he were appearing on the show. The audition will be filmed in a Hollywood studio with lights and track music.
“I’m still figuring out what the heck I’m going to sing,” Bramlet says. While he says he is more of an acoustic, ballad singer, “this is a TV show. They don’t just want good singing, they want fun and exciting.”
This is the second time Bramlet has auditioned for “The Voice.” He first auditioned in 2014 after receiving a private invitation from the show’s producers who’d found him through his website. He made it to round two in that audition also but it wasn’t held on a stage with lights, music and cameras.
With the support of his family, he decided to try to get on “The Voice” again and chose to go through the public audition process this time.
“I’ve sang so much since that last audition. I’ve learned a lot about my voice and stage presence since then,” he says. “There’s really no way to lose. The experience is great. You meet great people, get great feedback. How cool would it be to sing on the show even one time? I would be over the moon.”
When Bramlet auditioned Saturday he stood in a room with 2,000 other people waiting. He said someone would start singing a song, like “Lean on Me” or “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and everyone joined in. He then performed a cappella in a room with a single person who selected him to move on to the next round.
Bramlet is grateful for the support of his family and community.
“People have gotten behind us, so many people. The support from people in the (Lewiston-Clarkston) Valley, it’s really humbling. ”