A Rock Hill native who took the national stage on NBC’s “The Voice” will take another big stage Friday when she sings the national anthem before the Carolina Panthers’ preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Teresa Guidry was eliminated from the NBC show in March during an early “battle” round, but since then has been busy preparing for the release of her extended play, which goes on sale Sept. 2. She’s also been rehearsing to sing the national anthem before Friday’s game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
“It will be my first arena experience,” Guidry said of Friday’s performance. “I’ve been practicing every day that I can, just trying to make sure I have it down backward and forward.”
Guidry, 22, grew up in Rock Hill and graduated from Rock Hill High School in 2012, so she knows “the Panthers are a big deal.” She said an entertainment official with the Panthers reached out to her to offer the gig after she posted a video of her cover of the Florida Georgia Line song “H.O.L.Y.” on Twitter.
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Jason Bastian, entertainment coordinator for the Panthers, said he reached out to Guidry about the opportunity and watched some of her highlights from “The Voice.”
“She sent me her national anthem rendition,” he said. “I took a listen to it, and it was an easy decision to have her brought in to perform for our game here on Friday.”
Bastian said the organization typically has a different national anthem singer for each home game.
Guidry said she’s written down the words to the "Star Spangled Banner" and goes over them every day. Friday’s performance is only the first part of what Guidry says is a homecoming since leaving the show.
On Saturday, she’ll hold an album release party in the Gettys Center courtroom in downtown Rock Hill, to celebrate the release of her extended play and say thank you to the people who supported her during her run on “The Voice.”
“After doing the show, I had such a response from Rock Hill – people I met once, people I never met, people I went to school with,” she said. “They’ve been so supportive and great. This is a time I can be in one place for everybody to come out and show them what I’ve been working on.”
Guidry says the songs on her new album, which is available for pre-order on iTunes, have been in the works for sometime and are a departure from her previous works.
“These songs are a little more laid back,” she said, adding that many of her past songs were about relationships. “They have to do with how life is for me in Nashville, being in my 20s and on my own.”
In one song, “Life Together,” Guidry even sings about “trying to get my life together by tomorrow.”
There is a $5 cover charge for Saturday’s release party, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. CDs of Guidry’s new album will be available for purchase.