Voice of discovery

Dave Schwab

Fri December 26, 2014 10:56am

An Otay Ranch High School sophomore who’s an aspiring vocalist let her vocal chords do the talking as she performed live recently on NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” Katriz Trinidad sang her heart out recently on the talent program performing her rendition of a song sung by Alicia Keys, “Superwoman.” The long-lived TV talent show invites the strongest vocalists nationwide to compete in a blockbuster vocal competition.
Internationally acclaimed artists Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join returning mega-stars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host of the program.
The show’s innovative format features five stages of competition: blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, live playoffs and, finally, live performance shows.
Though a novice singer, Trinidad won over the TV audience with a rousing, polished, confident performance that made her seem much older than her 15 years. Trinidad hopes her appearance on “The Voice” — and in other competitions she’s competed in and intends to compete in in the future — will help launch her career as a vocal artist.
“I want this,” Trinidad said. “It’s my dream to become a singer and a recording artist.”
Discussing what it’s like to perform on TV, Trinidad said, “It’s a lot of nerves because you don’t want to mess up.” But she was quick to add: “It’s a great feeling.” The songstress said she chose to sing “Superwoman” because “that song helps me show my (vocal) range, and I just wanted to challenge myself with that song, which was a great one for me to sing.”
Trinidad, who’s been singing and taking vocal lessons since age 5, traveled to Universal Studios in Los Angeles recently to compete in “The Voice,” which airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC. She said it was a transformative experience.
“It helped me find out more about myself as an artist,” she said adding her vocal coach on the TV program “really pushed me to take on things I didn’t know I was capable of. They told me to try and learn about the song as a way to connect with it.”
Trinidad said competing on “The Voice” also is helping her choose a music genre to specialize in. “I want to be a soulful, jazz kind of singer,” she said. The aspiring vocal artist said her role models are Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Jesse James.
So far her TV performance has met with rave reviews from her peers. “They were very supportive,” Trinidad said. “They like ‘The Voice’ and they were very excited to see me.” The young woman said she hopes to serve as an inspiration to others who see her performance “to just follow their dreams because they saw me following my dream.” Trinidad’s performance can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=oxd87Hlv82s [1].