Mount Shasta teen following her dreams on 'The Voice'

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta's Cami Brooks, age 14, made it through the first round of auditions on NBC's The Voice in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.

When Sisson School teacher Stacey Laub heard that Mount Shasta’s Cami Brooks successfully made it through the first round of auditions for NBC’s “The Voice” on Sunday, she said, “I’m not surprised. Cami was saying she would be on The Voice when she was in the sixth grade.”

Now a freshman at Mount Shasta High School, Cami was scheduled for a call-back audition inside a Hollywood recording studio at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Cami explained that there are pre-auditions for The Voice before the televised episodes begin. This was the first year she was eligible to audition for the show.

Producers will review the footage from Tuesday’s audition, and if they like what they see, she may be called back for a third audition. If they really like her, she could pass through to the televised show, she said.

Cami sang “Something’s Got A Hold on Me” from the Burlesque movie in the audition, which was in front of one producer and nine other contestants in a room at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Eight of the other contestants in her group were dismissed after they sang, but the producer asked Cami to stay and sing something a little younger.

“So I sang ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy,” Cami said. “(The producer) asked me how old I was, and I told her 14. She gave me some advice and told me to have fun and play up my age.”

One other person in Cami’s group, a 22 year-old woman named Erin, was also given a call-back, she said.

“If I make it through the second audition, it would be amazing,” said Cami, who has sung the National Anthem many times at athletic events in Mount Shasta. She’s competed in singing contests at the Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding, and two years ago she tried out for the TV show X-Factor.

She didn’t make it through the first round of X-Factor, so the fact that she’s been invited to a call-back for The Voice is something Cami’s proud of.

“If I don’t make it tomorrow, I won’t feel sad, because this is my first year eligible and I made it through,” Cami said Monday afternoon. “It’s such a great experience, and that’s what I’m looking at.”

In its eighth season, The Voice features musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. The season premiere will air on Feb. 23.