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Harper tests talents on 'The Voice'
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David Cheyenne Harper has passed the first audition stage for the reality singing competition The Voice.

A fleet-Local resident David “Cheyenne” Harper will find out Feb. 15 if he has the voice for the Emmy Award-winning, No. 1 series on NBC.
“The Voice” is a reality singing competition in its eighth season. It airs on Feb. 23 with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. The winner is determined by TV viewers.
“I have been singing since I was about 6 years old,” said Harper, who was born in Virginia and became a Warren County resident about 13 years ago. “I’ve been playing the guitar about six years.”
Harper says he tried out for Nashville Star and received a call back.
“The next day, I went into the Wild Horse Saloon and they told me I was a little too old and that if I was younger I would have had a better chance,” he said. “At least I got a call back because a lot of people didn’t.”
He switched shows and sent a video of himself to “The Voice” in 2014. The singing competition is open to solo artists and duos that perform all types of music. Contestants must be legally present in the United States, be 15 or older, and meet all other eligibility requirements.
Harper says he sings “old country” and has been told his voice is a “tossup between Earl Thomas Conley, John Conlee, and Brooks and Dunn.”
“The two songs I’m thinking about performing for the audition are one by Lee Greenwood ‘It Turns Me Inside Out’ or one by T. Graham Brown ‘Hell and High Water.’ I’m leaning more toward the second, because it’s more in my voice range,” said Harper.
If Harper passes the Feb. 15 audition, he will be sent to Los Angeles for nine days. Once he is selected to be on the show, there are five stages of competition: the first begins with the Blind Auditions, followed by the Battle Rounds, the Knockouts, the Live Playoffs and finally, the Live Perfor-mance Shows.
“When one door closes, another one always opens somewhere,” said Harper. “I believe, if you want something it doesn’t matter how old you are or how young you are, you have to go get it. It’s not going to come to you. You have to work for it. I’m going to give it all I’ve got.”