HEBO, OREGON - Local vocalist Alena Sheldon will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona next month in hopes of making it to the televised auditions for The Voice.
Sheldon, a resident of Hebo, has been singing most of her life. Signing mostly Country music, she has been performing on stage since the age of 7. In 2007 and again 2010, she signed with record label companies, releasing 3 singles in 2007. Sheldon has also been branching out, providing lead vocals for Out Patientz, performing classic rock music.
Sheldon's road to auditioning on The Voice hasn't been the easiest. In 2013, she suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall. The fall bruised both the front and back of her brain, but it also turned it 1.5". She must have had a guardian angel, as the doctors explained most people don't survive more than 1/4" movement of their brain. Nearly 5 years later, after many hard months of recovery, Sheldon is singing again.
Before she can land a spot on the televised auditions, Sheldon must pass through 2 rounds in front of producers. The first round, she will be performing a cappella (vocals, with no music). If she is given a red card, she is clear to go to the second round. Here, she would perform again, this time allowing for musical backtrack to go along with vocals. Success in the second round would mean an invite to Los Angeles.
The initial travel costs to Arizona for auditions is put on the person auditioning. Sheldon has held fundraisers, most recently at the Moose Lodge. She also has a go fund me page set up to help off set the travel costs. Click here to support Alena's travels!
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