Sharing her ‘Voice’

Lake Benton teen impresses on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Photo by Greg Gayne/NBC, courtesy of Lauren Covey Sixteen-year-old Joslynn Rose, a Lake Benton resident, took to the stage for a blind audition on the season premiere of “The Voice” this week. Rose’s performance impressed three out of the show’s four music-star coaches. Rose chose to join coach Gwen Stefani’s team.

LAKE BENTON — Joslynn Rose isn’t a stranger to being on stage — she’s performed at the Lake Benton Opera House, and she works as an assistant for illusionist Max Fleet. But singing in a blind audition on NBC’s “The Voice” took things to another level.

“It was crazy, the amount of adrenaline and thoughts going through my head,” Rose said of appearing on the show. “Before walking on, I could literally hear my heart beating.”

Even though she was nervous, 16-year-old Rose’s performance of “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence wowed the coaches on this week’s premiere of “The Voice.”

Three out of a panel of four music stars — Niall Horan, Reba McEntire, and Gwen Stefani — all turned their chairs around and offered to coach Rose.

“That was so exciting,” Rose said. “Oh my goodness, it was so cool.” In the end, she chose to be on Stefani’s team.

Rose said the response to her performance on “The Voice” has been intense, but positive. Right when the episode aired, she said, “My phone just started blowing up.” People in her hometown of Lake Benton have also reached out to show their support.

“Everyone has been so supportive and excited,” she said.

Rose hopes to be able to connect with other people through music. She said she’s been singing since she was about 8 years old. But it was during a hard moment in her life that she realized music was a calling for her.

Rose’s family, which includes her parents and eight sisters, has also cared for foster children.

“They become your family,” Rose said, but they can’t always stay. Music helped Rose express her feelings about having to say goodbye to a foster sibling.

“I remember sitting at the piano, singing all the things I felt in that moment,” she said. “It turned into, honestly, a prayer … In that moment, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for people.”

Rose said she’s always loved watching “The Voice,” and she and her cousins even used to put on pretend versions of the show during family gatherings.

“I just thought it was so cool and, so fun,” she said. When she got the opportunity to audition, she took it.

Going on stage for the blind audition was nerve-wracking, Rose said. She was grateful to have her mom there on the show with her. But at the same time, the experience of being on “The Voice” was positive.

“Everyone involved with the production is so kind and helpful and encouraging,” she said. “They want you to do your best.”

When it came down to choosing a coach, Rose picked Gwen Stefani because she liked Stefani’s energy, and thought she could learn a lot from her.

“I wanted to go with Gwen because she’s so fun and energetic, and she’s not afraid to be herself,” Rose said.

Fans of “The Voice” will have to wait to see what happens next for Rose this season. The next phase of the show is the battle rounds, where competitors duet with other team members. However, Rose is continuing to perform in southwest Minnesota. She was part of a show with Max Fleet at the Lake Benton Opera House on Sept. 23. On Oct. 7, she will appear in the “Tune Into Magic” show with Fleet and magician Sean Wilson at the Red Baron Arena in Marshall.

Rose said she will be opening the show with a set of songs, as well as performing with Fleet.

Part of the reason Rose likes being on stage is the chance to connect with audience members, she said.

“I know that when I’m singing, I’m reaching the audience and connecting with the audience,” she said. “I want people to feel peace, and see a light, and feel hope.”


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