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Local teen tries out for ‘The Voice’

Years of rehearsals, working the crowds, and polishing her performance could pay off for 16-year-old Kaela Heiston, a well-known front singer for Nocturnal Rush.

Heiston began singing at the age of 7. This child prodigy, according to her promoter, could have been headed straight to success by way of an audition for “The Voice” in July.

John Fichtner, who promotes the band (his son is a member) spends hours of his time working with the teens fine-tuning their skills. The businessman is convinced this Northern Virginia talent is set to take off so he recorded some new videos of Heiston singing to help promote excitement for the July audition in New York.

“I’m hoping she will blow the roof off the place and we'll be hearing her singing on the show,” he predicted.

However, that wasn’t to be, at least for now.

"Well unfortunately, they told her that she was too young … maybe she had an off-day, cause we all know she's incredible,” said Fitchner, who works at his Haymarket business, Fitchner Services, by day and fits in his entertainment promotion at night.

After her audition, she messaged family and friends with the results.

“Didn’t make it, too young, but the judge pulled me aside to talk to me and said I have to come next year and he was surprised at how powerful my voice was,” she wrote. “Yea, I’m kinda hurt but they set the standards really high and I love that about the show.”

Heiston, is a junior at Stonebridge High School in Ashburn. This singer, songwriter, and student catches a ride to Gainesville several times a week to work on her vocals and record her music.

She and the band Nocturnal Rush have a strong following in the Gainesville/Haymarket area, as well as in Ashburn and Richmond because of their tireless touring schedule over the last couple of years. They have performed at the Lion and Bull in Haymarket, as well as countless county and state fairs.

Along with Heiston, the band also includes 16-year-old Aidan Hall of Haymarket on bass, 15-year-old Trevor Fichtner of Haymarket on lead guitar and 15-year-old Jake Rosenthal of Herndon on drums.

Heiston tried out in New York for “The Voice” on July 22.

“The Voice” is an NBC vocal competition, featuring unknown artists and four well-known coaches, Adam Levin, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Cristina Aguilera.

Contestants prepare two songs for the open-call auditions and because singers must perform a cappella, the rest of Nocturnal Rush couldn't back Heiston up with instrumentals.

While she didn't get a callback, Heiston was undiscouraged.

“Next year, we'll have something which will leave them speechless,” she wrote.
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