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Country singer hopes to cash in on ‘The Voice’

By Bob Bong

Country singer Abby Kasch has been making her mark in the

capital city of country music, Nashville.

Now, the Palos Park native hopes to burst upon the national

scene by appearing on NBC’s “The Voice” talent show.

Kasch will be one of the singers hoping to make it big in

the show’s 16th season, which begins Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on

Channel 5 and again from 7-8 Tuesday night.

All she has to do is persuade one of the celebrity judges

(John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine) to take a chance

on her and add her to his or her team.

Kasch is determined to make it as a country singer. She

moved to Nashville last year and won’t turn 21 until April.

She has already released an EP and sings regularly at

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville as well as at Honky Tonk Central and Jason

Aldean’s Kitchen and Rooftop Bar.

“She also plays a lot of local gigs whenever she comes

home,” says her mom, Brenda Kasch.

Her singing talent emerged in the fifth-grade when she

performed in a school concert.

“I had no idea she could sing until I heard her in the

fifth-grade,” says Brenda. “My husband and I looked at each other and said,

‘Where did that come from.'”

According to her website bio, by age 10, Abby had her first

guitar. By age 12, she was playing that guitar and singing as part of a regular

gig at a Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant near her home.

Her bio says her love of country music began on a family

road trip from Palos Park to Florida.

“I discovered Kenny Chesney radio on Pandora and listened to

him the full 18-hour drive,” she says. “I was hooked.”

“Once I started singing in Nashville as a full-time job, I

realized I loved performing most,” Abby says. “It’s all I ever wanted to do.”

Brenda says Abby auditioned for “The Voice” in October.

“”She’s very excited. She sang one song,” says her mom, who

is sworn to secrecy on the outcome. “We don’t know when her audition will be

aired.”

If selected by one of the judges, Abby will appear in future

episodes as the contestants work their way toward the May 21 season finale and

a recording deal.

Brenda says once Abby blossomed as a singer she kept it up

singing in the choir at Stagg High School and Palos Park Community Church.

One of Abby’s supporters is Summit Fire Chief Wayne Hanson,

who has a good luck message for her on the fire station’s message board.

“She grew up with my kids, so I’ve known her a long time,”

says Hanson. “We wish her the best of luck.”

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