‘Voice’ sensation only 16-years-old, from Tampa Bay


HUDSON, FL (WFLA) — She’s got heart, soul and personality. When you meet Shalyah Fearing, you quickly realize just how special she is. In fact, in a matter of minutes show when you over with her broad, beautiful smile. Then there’s her voice — soulful and intense — full of emotion far beyond her years.

Iconic singer and Voice judge, Christina Aguilera, noticed Shalyah’s talents right away during blind auditions on the NBC hit show and told Shalyah, “You’re mine, all mine!” And with that declarative statement, the dreams of this teenager from Hudson came true.

Shalyah was 15-years-old when she was picked out of more than 40,000 people to share her talents with the world via “The Voice.”

Shalyah told WFLA, “I want to make Tampa proud, I want to put Tampa on the map. Even if I don’t make it all the way, I made it this far.”

When she shares her dreams, her eyes are full of hope. “It was the best moment of my life. My stomach was full of butterflies. All you need is one chair, one chair to turn around and see you. And I got that,” she said, remembering that life-changing moment when she performed.

Now she’s Team Christina and can’t wait to get back to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, her mother home-schools her in Hudson.

This teenager comes from an incredibly strong, loving family, seven siblings cheering her on and backing her up every step of the way.

“We are so proud of her,” Shalyah’s mother said. “She’s so excited and so are we!”

In addition to her parents, there’s another big influence in her life, a famous performer who became a Voice icon and stand-out: Sisaundra Lewis. “She’s amazing,” squealed Shalyah. “Her voice is so incredible, and she’s such a good person.”

Sisaundra tweeted an encouraging message for the teenager, “Give em heart baby and leave the stage on fire!” And that’s exactly what the now 16-year-old, who recently celebrated her birthday, plans to do when she returns to Los Angeles in a month.

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