Junior at Page battles it out on "The Voice"
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Juhi Pathak, a Page High School junior, battles it out on NBCs “The Voice.” Her soulful rendition of “Mercy” by Duffy landed CeeLo Green as her current singing/ performing “coach.” She is scheduled to perform again in the next few weeks.
Page High School singer to battle on NBC’s ‘The Voice’
Juhi Pathak of Franklin, a 16-year old junior at Page High School will “battle” other singers on NBC’s “The Voice,” televised singing competition during upcoming weeks.
She debuted on the show late last month as a contestant.
“I’ve never done anything like it. It’s surreal,” Pathak said. She smoothly belted out a soulful rendition of Duffy’s hit “Mercy” that elicited celebrity artists, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green, to groove along to the beat.
When performing on stage, Pathak said that she becomes immersed in the performance and forgets about everything around her.
“I don’t remember anything that happened," she said about her debut performance.
She said that it was an “unbelievable feeling” for celebrity artists and judges on the show, Green and Aguilera, to be “fighting” over her for a chance to coach her during her next steps in the singing competition, which could end with a recording contract as the grand prize.
Ultimately, Pathak chose Green as her coach. However, the battles have just begun for Pathak who will continue to compete in rounds against different team performers on the show.
Pathak got serious about singing when I was 13 years old she said. It was when that she began performing as part of Kids on Stage in Franklin. She fondly remembers singing “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zepplin as part of the performance camp.
“It’s just something that I’ve always loved to do and something that I didn’t have to force. I could just do it well. I can’t do anything else like I can do music,” Pathak said.
Her musical influences are Nirvana and Sublime and that she would like to be a cross between Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. She believes that she inherited her musical talent from her mom, who is also a singer.
She decided to try-out for The Voice two days before the competition took place.
“I told my dad about the one in New York which was in a week and he said that was too far away,” Pathak said. "Then I mentioned the one in Houston, Texas that would take place in two days and he said, ok.”
She said that her parents support her singing and understand her commitment to following her dreams of pursuing music. They allow her to perform at local venues such as The Red House and Mickey Roo’s in Franklin. She also plays guitar, piano (self-taught) and writes songs.
“When I sing, I feel that my stress lifts away,” Pathak said. “As soon as I pick up my guitar and sing, it’s the most relaxing and enjoyable feeling that I can get.”
“And when I perform, that’s a rush of adrenaline.”
Posted on: 10/10/2013