2 locals hope to become stars on 'The Voice'


Share
Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:04 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Kelly Steiner, ksteiner@qconline.com
Bethany Pate, of Illinois City, and Jilly McWhorter, of Taylor Ridge, hope to become stars on "The Voice."

Both will audition for the show on Sunday in Rosemont. Miss. Pate, 19, will sing "Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence. Ms. McWhorter, 21, said she will decide when she gets on stage whether to singNirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" or Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."

Ms. Pate is a photographer at Sears Portrait Studio, but said she dreams of a music career.Shewas in the Center for Living Art's production of "Rent," has done guest vocals for friends' bands, sings in various choirs and is working on an acoustic project.

Ms. Pate said her mother was told she'd never walk again after an accident, but she was able to walk, "so I know anything is possible if you set your heart to it, put in 110 percent and never give up."

Ms. McWhorterruns her own aesthetics business and sings and plays piano in her free time.

"Music was especially important to me throughout high school because I had a hard time there, and music really helped bring me through it,"she said.

She said she thinks she will stand out at the competition because she's covered in tattoos and has bright dyed red hair.

To follow her journey, visit facebook.com/JillyFansUnite or watch videos of her singing on YouTube under username JillyFansUnite.



















 



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






(More History)