Music Scene: We McDonald and other area shows for July 28–Aug. 3
Not one ... not two ... not three, but all four chairs turned when 17-year-old Wé McDonald performed “Feeling Good” during the blind auditions for Season 11 of “The Voice” last year.
The Harlem, New York-born singer, whose first name is pronounced “way,” was a finalist on the NBC show’s singing competition. Since the show’s finale, McDonald has continued to perform and released the single “Wishes,” which is available on iTunes.
McDonald will perform with guests the Diamond Empire Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, during The Hilltop Bash at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.
Tickets start at $30 with VIP tickets available for $125. Proceeds from The Hilltop Bash go to benefit Hilltop Community Resources and its programs that serve individuals and families on the Western Slope.
McDonald, now 18, attended high school at the Passaic County Technical Institute with a concentration in theater, according to her bio a wemcdonaldmusic.com.
She is now in the jazz studies program at William Paterson University in Paterson, New Jersey.
“Wé‘s musical and arts training has been diverse and comprehensive as she has studied acting, dance and music,” the bio says.
Her stage performance resume features nationally and internationally known events and venues as well as leading roles in various theatrical adaptations.
Two years ago, she competed during an amateur night competition at the Apollo Theater and “shattered records by winning four times as the youngest performer to place in the adult category in the history of the legendary venue,” the bio said.
Along with musician, McDonald added author to her titles with a book about bullying.
During her blind audition for “The Voice” — the audition can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=oSTw1Eji7B8 — she told the show’s celebrity coaches that while growing up she “was bullied for the longest time and was ashamed of who she was.”
In response to the bullying issue, McDonald released “Make it Happen!” which is aimed at young teens in grades six through nine, according to a link on her Facebook page.
McDonald uses her story of success to help readers push through the bullying and harassment and take the initiative to succeed.
Learn about the Hilltop Bash and purchase tickets for the show at HilltopBash.com or by calling 244-0422.