Scranton native ‘sears’ crowd on ‘The Voice’

The nation finally got to hear Kat Perkins.


Posted March 14, 2014


The nation finally got to hear Kat Perkins.

Thirty-three-year-old Perkins, originally from Scranton, performed for the judges Monday night on the last night of blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Perkins performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” and wowed the audience with her massive powerhouse vocals, leading to a standing ovation and three judges – Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher – turning around their chairs, wanting to be her mentor.

“Growing up, I don’t remember not singing,” Perkins said in a pre-interview that aired before her performance.

Perkins was shown interacting with the children for whom she serves as a daytime nanny in Minneapolis as she narrated, explaining her journey through the world of music. She was a self-confessed country girl to start, having performed for five years in the Medora Musical throughout high school, but said she “just got tired of being around the country thing.”

And thus her rock career was born.

In 2004, Perkins started the band Scarlet Haze. The drummer was her husband. The band’s success led them to open for Jon Bon Jovi, but, after a few months following the band’s first show, Perkins and her drummer husband divorced. Ultimately, the group disbanded.


“I really hit the wall,” she said. “I decided to take a break and I became a nanny.”

The children Perkins cares for as a nanny “mean the world to me,” she said. She sings with the children, which she said are talented singers already, and they are big fans of “The Voice.” She said they pushed her to try out for the show.

“She’s the coolest rocking nanny,” one of the boys said about Perkins. “Because every time we turn on music, she’s always the star.”

Perkins realized the importance of her performing on “The Voice” as a way to show the children that they too can follow their dreams and “go for it no matter what.”

Prior to her onstage performance, Perkins didn’t know what to expect.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be coached by one of these superstars, I think I can learn a lot about my voice and becoming a better performer,” she said. “And show the world that this is what I was born to do.”

Following her performance, which opened the show, country singer Blake Shelton, who didn’t turn around for Perkins, realized it would be a fight between the judges to have Perkins as their mentee.

R&B and pop singer Usher explained he thought Perkins was a country music singer, at first.

“When I first heard it, I said okay she’s a country artist,” Usher said. “I don’t know a lot about country, but what I do is, when I hear a great voice, I’ve got to hit my button. For us to win the voice together would be incredible.

“I can only imagine how much of an incredible performer you will be with the type of support and encouragement to be great.”

Latino and pop singer Shakira offered her own pitch to Perkins.

“I’d like you to be the architect of your own destiny. You and I could get straight to the top,” she said. “You are amazing. I want you desperately, desperately.”

And Adam Levine, of the popular rock-pop group Maroon 5, spoke last to convince Perkins she should select him as mentor.

“The end of the performance, that note, that seared the entire audience. That was unbelievable,” he said.

As several members of Perkins’ family watched with “The Voice” host Carson Daly backstage, Perkins said she tried to prepare herself, but “there’s nothing you can do.”

“This is crazy,” she said.

She made her decision after a few seconds of deliberation, going with Levine. She got on her knees and Levine hugged her and picked her up into his arms.

“She’s really great,” Levine said as Perkins exited the stage. “That girl’s going to go a lot further than we probably realize.”

Perkins joined her family backstage with hugs and laughter, and some tears.

“I can’t believe I had a choice,” she said.

Perkins said she chose Levine to serve as her mentor because of his pitch. “He was just so sure, he was so determined to get the rocker chick.”

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