Small-town Michigan woman overcomes stage fright during ‘The Voice’ blind audition

A small-town Michigan woman overcame stage fright to perform on the biggest stage of her life on national television. Michigan native Sadie Bass auditioned for “The Voice” in front of the live studio audience, the four celebrity coaches and the millions watching at home.

The 25-year-old is from Bath, Michigan near Lansing and currently lives in Nashville, TN. She performed “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban for her “The Voice” Blind Audition airing on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

It took her a little extra time to take the stage due to stage fright, something she says she’s been battling her whole life.

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“Growing up, I loved singing and I loved music, but I’ve just always had stage fright and not a lot of people knew that I sang and I just always kind of sang for my family, in the car or in the shower, Bass said before she took the stage.

“The Voice” is going to be a game-changer when it comes to my stage fright,” she added. “I still just have that sinking feeling. I think I’ve always been not confident in my singing and I think going on “The Voice” and really learning and getting that feedback is going to make a huge difference going forward.”

“The Voice” coach Blake Shelton was the first to turn his chair. His wife and fellow coach, Gwen Stefani, turned her chair right after. Camila Cabello and John Legend did not turn their chairs. It was now up to the two coaches to entice Bass to join one of their teams.

“I’m originally from Michigan. I moved to Nashville. I’m a songwriter at heart. I’ve had stage fright my whole life, 25 years, and today I just overcame it with you guys,” Bass told the coaches after her performance.

“You know that my dad is from Michigan. So, we have that in common,” Stefani said.

“The stage fright thing can keep someone from opening up and honestly, thrusting themselves into this most awkward, horrifying situation of a performance. That’s a hell of a way to overcome your fear so congratulations. You did it,” added Shelton.

“Sometimes you just need that person who can be just a mirror to yourself and say listen, you are amazing. You just need to let it loose right now,” added Stefani. “So, my coaching would be just building you up and I think even in your lane of country, being that I was late to the game, but now, almost seven years with Blake, have learned so much and it’s so in my heart because I am a songwriter and the music is all about the story.”

In the end, Bass chose Stephanie to be her coach. We will see her again in the weeks ahead in the next round of competition after the Blind Auditions are over. This is just the first week of the first round of the competition.

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