Hebron native on NBC's 'The Voice'
Hebron native Gwen Sebastian has auditioned for NBC's singing contest "The Voice," and her parents expect to watch her appearance today during the show's second-season premier following the Super Bowl.
"It's very exciting for us," said Debbie Sebastian, Gwen's mother. "We really feel like she deserves it."
"The Voice" features four coaches who blindly listen to singers, only seeing them when they decide they want the singer on their team. If more than one coach wants a singer, the singer gets to choose who their coach will be. Coaches include country music star Blake Shelton, pop/R&B/soul star Christina Aguilera, hip hop star Cee Lo Green and alternative rock star Adam Levine, lead singer for Maroon 5.
Gwen's band performs original songs and cover music ranging from rock to country, Debbie said.
"Her original stuff is country to country rock mostly," she added.
Gwen is a recording artist for Flying Island Entertainment and her song "VIP (Barefoot Girl)" best defines her, Debbie said.
Gwen grew up on a farm near Hebron and graduated from high school in Hebron in 1992, said Gerald Sebastian, her father.
"Gwen has been writing music ever since she's been in high school," Debbie said. "We put her in her first talent show when she was 4."
Gerald said she could hold a tune at that point.
"When she was 11 or 12, she became the organist out of our little country church, so we kind of claim that as her first gig," Debbie said. "She always was kind of a performer."
Gwen often performed with her parents' band, Midnight Ride.
She attended college for nursing.
"She decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music, so she sold her books and moved to Nashville," Debbie said. "That was in 1998."
Louis Newman, Gwen's manager and drummer, said he is excited.
"It's a fantastic show," Newman said. "We're hoping for the best."
However, neither he nor Gwen's parents would give further details.
"All we can say is that Gwen has auditioned for 'The Voice,'" Debbie said. "Tune in to see what happens."
Gwen was unavailable for comment Friday and Saturday, said her publicist Susan Niles. Messages left for NBC were not returned.