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Road to 'The Voice' (w/video)

  • Santa Rosa native Lindsay Bruce listens to the “The Voice” judges following her performance of “Even if it Breaks Your Heart” during the blind auditions.(TYLER GOLDEN/ NBC)

Lindsay Bruce's early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey.

At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.

But for Bruce, who returns tonight to NBC's highly rated reality show, the journey was a humbling experience. She was a struggling songwriter in a town where everybody is a struggling songwriter.

Lindsay Bruce On 'The Voice'


For five years, Bruce developed her craft, learned what she could and performed in nearly empty halls. Always optimistic, though, she pressed on.

A break came after three years in Nashville and at the very moment she was thinking of giving up on Music City once and for all.

“It was kind of a perfect storm of bad things,” said the 25-year-old who has made it onto one of the celebrity team's on “The Voice,” where singers compete for a recording contract.

“My landlord was selling the house, my roommate was moving, the production contract I had was expiring and my job ended. I was basically getting ready to move back home.”

But on a rainy Monday night, she got a call to do a set at a BBQ joint and jumped on it. She showed up, got on stage and played ... to an empty house. Or so she thought.

“At first I thought it was only the sound guy,” she said. “But on the way out someone approached me.”

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