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Local girl making waves on 'The Voice'

By Michelle Boudin
NBC Charlotte/WCNC-TV

She was a three chair turn who had all four coaches singing her praises and future coach Ceelo Green declaring, “You more than entertained me...set me on fire...I was like, 'Yes, I want her now.'"

Kat Robichaud grew up in Concord and now lives in Raleigh, but NBC Charlotte caught up with her aunt –- who lives here in Charlotte.

Patsy Burns told us, “When she was younger she liked singing with the church choir. In fact, my sister would take her to a different church so she could sing in a choir because their church didn’t have a children’s choir.”

Kat’s aunt and cousins have seen her perform around North Carolina but are loving watching her on the small screen.

“We probably watched it about 20,000 times. It was exciting, it really was,” Burns said.

Kat was so good she was the first contestant featured on this new season. Her cousin Byron knows her appeal.

“She’s got a deeper kind of Janis Joplin voice. She’s a rock star,” he said.

It has been an emotional experience for Kat –- who lost her dad unexpectedly early on in The Voice auditioning process.

Kat told producers, “Before I went out I thought of my dad and thought, 'You’re helping me with this, right?' I feel like he helped turn those chairs around.”

Her dad never knew she made it on to the show but her family is convinced her father is there, rooting this Tarheel native on every step of the way.

“No matter how she does, she has had so much fun doing this and we just hope she gets a lot of votes and does really well,” said Burns.

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