ROCK ON! Scranton native appears on ‘The Voice’

Kat Perkins is somewhat of a local legend in Scranton.

Kat Perkins is a highly recognizable native of Scranton. Her father, Mark Perkins, works at Scranton Public School and her uncle, Randy Perkins, is involved with the music business in Nashville. Perkins auditions on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" Feb. 24. COURTESY PHOTO

Kat Perkins is a highly recognizable native of Scranton. Her father, Mark Perkins, works at Scranton Public School and her uncle, Randy Perkins, is involved with the music business in Nashville. Perkins auditions on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” Feb. 24. COURTESY PHOTO

Posted Feb. 21, 2014

By BRYCE MARTIN | Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Kat Perkins is somewhat of a local legend in Scranton.

She’s a country girl who grew up in a musically talented family who went on to pursue bigger dreams.

She’ll share that pursuit with the nation on Feb. 24, as she auditions for NBC’s music talent scout “The Voice.”

Perkins said Tuesday that she cannot do any press until after March 10, but issued a statement to the Pioneer saying she auditioned for “The Voice” and gave the premiere date.

While Perkins went from her upbringing in Scranton to perform in bands such as Scarlet Haze and touring with the rock band Dirty Word, she never forgot her hometown. Most recently, she performed at the Bowman County Fair with Dirty Word last year.

Perkins now lives in Minneapolis and works as a nanny by day and plays music at night.

“Since my 15th birthday, I’ve been navigating my way through the crazy world that is the music industry,” Perkins wrote on her Facebook page.

Perkins said she has over 1,500 shows under her belt, ranging in performances everywhere from The Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. to sold-out stadium shows performing with Bon Jovi, and just about everything in between.

“It’s been an incredible ride and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing family, friends and fans,” she wrote.

At the time of an interview she did with the Yahoo! contributor network in 2011, Perkins was lead vocal in the rock band Scarlet Haze. The group was preparing to release their debut album the following year.

Scarlet Haze blends a hard edge melodic hook with straight-up rock chords with a wall of guitars, as Perkins explained.

“This album that we are about to release is my favorite project to date. I wanted songs that people wanted to sing along and pump their rock fist to, and I wanted songs that make our fans think about life, love, and love lost,” Perkins said.

Perkins now begins another journey in her musical career with her audition on “The Voice.”

In a commercial spot for the show, Perkins can be seen jumping into panelist Adam Levine’s arms. Could it be an indication of how she performed?

Tune in to “The Voice” on Feb. 24.

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