Local woman hopes to make it big on The Voice

By Beau Ebenezer

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 18, 2014 at 12:26 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Helping customers and organizing footwear in Bass Pro Shop is the typical day for 19-year-old Mariah Harris.

But underneath her welcoming personality is a "voice" waiting to shine.

"I've been singing since I was really really little," said Harris. "My dad has always sang to me and my sister. I grew up singing to Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw."

Soon, Mariah hopes her name will be among those country greats.

She is auditioning for NBC's The Voice on Sunday where she will be accompanied by her biggest supporters, her mom and dad.

"We just said go and we will do what we can to get you there," said Mariah's dad, Vernon Harris. "She is great at it, and they are going to be shocked when they see it."

While the judges will be listening to Mariah's every note, her mother experiences her talent in another way.

Mariah's mom was born deaf, but that does not stop her from enjoying every single moment.

"She knows I sing and everything, but I could really be a horrible singer. She does not care," said Harris. "She still sticks with me. She is my biggest fan."

If Mariah makes the cut Sunday, she will head to L.A. to audition live in front of a celebrity panel of judges.

Mariah's family and friends think The Voice is her ticket to where she belongs.

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