She’s got… The Voice

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Next month, Keizer resident Angie Brown hopes to become a finalist on the NBC singing competition show “The Voice.” Two years ago, she was homeless. Brown fell on hard times after losing a job. “This was when the economy was really bad,” she recalled. “For two years we were homeless.” Both Brown and her partner got paper routes three years ago and earned enough money to get a house for them and their daughter, now 11. Last year they adopted a son, now 15. Four months ago Brown started working at Birdie’s Bistro. In the interim, there was the audition for “The Voice.” “I applied two years ago, but I didn’t hear back for a while,” Brown said. “It was almost a year before I heard back. I had totally given up.” Brown was one of 240 to audition. When she got the call, she went to Los Angeles as the field was narrowed to 60 applicants. On May 15, Brown got another call that she is part of a group of 10 finalists. She is flying to Cleveland, Ohio June 14 and needs to raise $1,000 to cover her flight, hotel and rental car costs. Donation jars are at Birdie’s Bistro, Town and Country Lanes and Southside Speakeasy. “This time it will be smaller groups,” Brown said. “These are the people they...

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