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Monroe woman advances on NBC's 'The Voice'

Karla Davis only had to turn one head to go from YouTube sensation to household name. It didn’t take long.

“I’m thinking she’s good,” said her dad James, as he watched his daughter’s audition on NBC’s “The Voice.” Within 15 seconds of listening to Karla sing, Maroon Five’s Adam Levine turned his chair.

With that spin, Karla was in!

The 23-year-old made the first cut on the NBC vocal competition. She will soon sing off against 47 other contestants who are finalists on the show. She’ll be part of Levine’s team who will also act as her voice coach.

It’s all new to her parents. Davis didn’t grow up singing. She was a soccer player at Parkwood High School. Davis sang in the choir at church, but her parents insist she was shy. After high school, she played soccer at UNC Greensboro, graduated, and got a job.

But soon, Davis decided to pursue her passion for music. She had her parents watch a YouTube video of her singing and playing the guitar.

“I thought, ‘wow,’ she’s pretty good,” said her father. He said he had no idea she could sing. “Not like that!”

Davis soon had more than 100 videos and thousands of fans. She has an album, aspirations, and more importantly, that head nod from Adam Levine.

“I got tears in my eyes,” said Davis’ mother Lisa. “I enjoyed every second. I’m a proud mom,” she said.

“My thought was ‘she’s in the game,’” said her dad. “Just let her be in the game.”

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