OWASSO, Okla. — A dream come true for Owasso native Gracee Shriver.
Shriver reached the spotlight on last season of “The Voice.” There were only a few spots left leading up to her audition.
“I’m just trying to focus on the words and get through this song," Shriver said. "I was like, it’ll be okay Gracee, no matter what happens.”
Her performance earned her two chair turns. She landed on team Kelly Clarkson. During the knockout rounds, she was cut from Team Kelly but was picked up by Blake Shelton’s team. She made it to the live rounds before being sent home.
Shriver said being on the show taught her about more than music, including how to step out of her comfort zone, be patient and be herself.
“I walked up to Kelly, my first session with her and was like, 'I don’t want you to be disappointed in me,'" Shriver said. "And she just hugged me. She was like, 'Gracee, you need to use what God gave you and just like, be you because if you try to be anybody else, you’re not going to be successful.'”
Shriver hasn’t slowed down since coming home. She's played at a variety of local performances, including at halftime of an Oklahoma City Thunder game. She released a new single called “Meant to Be.” The 17-year-old is also opening up for Blake Shelton at a concert at Ole Red’s in Tishomingo March 21. She’s also invited to open for Kelly Clarkson at one of her Las Vegas concerts this summer.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for it even though I’m still young," Shriver said.
Her dreams of being a country music singer are coming true. But first, she has to graduate high school.
“I’m excited for what’s to come," she said. "It’ll be fun.”
Shriver said she’s going to continue following her music career as a student at Belmont University in Nashville this fall.
You can find her new single “Meant to Be” on all music platforms.
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