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Valley singer Austin Jenckes is on ‘The Voice’
Locals know he’s got talent, but television audiences nationwide will have a chance to see it, too, when Austin Jenckes appears on the NBC show “The Voice” this fall.
Jenckes auditioned for the musical competition/reality show recently and expects his audition to be aired in one of the early episodes of the show. That’s pretty much all he can say about it, though.
“I can’t talk about when my audition is going to air, because I don’t know when it is,” he said by telephone last week.
Jenckes, a former North Bend resident, 2006 graduate of Cedarcrest High School and popular Valley musician, has released six albums — all digital and two also available on CD — of his original music. After graduating from Western, he moved to Nashville last year to pursue a career in music, but not necessarily stardom.
“I moved there primarily to be a songwriter. I wanted to write songs for other people and kind of use that as a means to do my own singer-songwriter thing,” he said.
Although he’s been writing a lot of country songs lately, Jenckes says, “I would just consider my style a singer-songwriter, kind of like John Mayer, kind of rootsy… where the connection is made is that country music is all about the story, and I do write a lot of story songs.”
His own story is of discovering music with his father.
“My dad was a musician and he worked at Boeing his whole life,” Jenckes said, “and when I was 16, he passed away…. He was definitely my inspiration to play music.”
Jenckes will appear in the fifth season of “The Voice,” premiering Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on King 5. If he is selected by one of the judges for the season, he will compete with other musicians through several elimination rounds, leading up to a series of live competitions, in which television audience members can vote for their favorite performers.
The show airs Monday and Tuesday evenings each week. Both the Moose Lodge and the Pour House in North Bend will screen the show on their TVs those nights.
Learn more about Jenckes at www.austinjenckes.us.