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Steamboat singer misses out on 'The Voice'

Steamboat native Nicci Curd recently returned from California, where she auditioned in the callback round for NBC's "The Voice." Curd said the experience motivated her to continue to follow her singing dream.

Steamboat native Nicci Curd recently returned from California, where she auditioned in the callback round for NBC's "The Voice." Curd said the experience motivated her to continue to follow her singing dream.

— Back home in the Yampa Valley after an adventure in Burbank, Calif., Nicci Curd is ready for the next step.

After auditioning in the callback round of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” Curd said the process was a growing experience even though she didn't make it on to the show.

“The competition was fierce,” she said. “They passed on me this round. I have some more training to do; I kind of knew that.

“I tried to go in there with the most confidence I could.”

She said that the man who had called her back from the first round — in which tens of thousands tried out at the Los Angeles Convention Center the week before — was there for the callbacks and that the judges even asked her about her outfit.

The vintage 1980s leather pants once belonged to Ernie Thiel, one of her mentors in Steamboat.

“They were really supportive. They said, ‘You’re well on your way,’” Curd said. “It made me feel better. I was definitely bummed. I wanted it really bad.”

Had she made it through that round, she would have performed on "The Voice" in front of judges Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine.

She said she was impressed by the level of the other singers at the audition, which took place in a studio next door to auditions for Justin Bieber’s dancers.

“It was a great experience, and it made me realize I have a lot of work to do,” she said. “I’m going to stick around (Steamboat) for a while and work on my band.”

She said that she someday plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career but that her hometown is a major source of motivation.

“So many people texted me and told me congrats,” she said. “It was super inspiring.”

Curd sings in the band All About Me with Thiel, Mike Kinnecom and Mike Gould. The band has a show scheduled for Sept. 14 at Carl's Tavern.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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