‘Singing Cashier’ auditions for The Voice
Nicole Knox has never seen The Voice on television, but plenty of the customers who know her as the “Singing Cashier” at Rotten Robbie in Healdsburg have told her she would be a perfect fit. So she decided to give it a try.
On Friday Knox is heading down to Los Angeles to audition for a chance to compete on NBC’s uber popular talent show.
“I love to sing and I love music,” says the 36-year-old Healdsburg resident. “A lot of my customers come into the store just to hear me sing. My customers were always telling me you should try out for American Idol or The Voice. I got on the Internet, and I signed up to audition.”
Knox was born in San Francisco and spent part of her childhood living in group homes and with foster families before moving in with her uncle in Windsor. She eventually wound up attending high school in Healdsburg.
While she has performed in musicals and in church over the years and is most influenced by singers like Macy Gray and Tracy Chapman, she found inspiration as a teenager while living in a foster home in Tulare, Calif.
“I would have to say the woman with the most beautiful voice in the world who I look up to most as person and a singer would have to be my foster mom Savannah Hutchinson,” she says. “I will never forget the first time I went to church with her and pastor C.L Hutchinson. I felt it in every part of my being. Her voice was so amazing all I could do was listen and cry. I had never felt music. I had heard it, but that was the first time I ever felt it. I knew at that moment that I wanted to sing, that I wanted people to feel that.”
Knox says the audition — which will be Saturday at 2 p.m. — will be “blind” in that the judges will be hearing just her voice to decide if she gets to move to the next level. While she’s been excited about getting the tryout, she admits she’s also nervous. Even so, she heads to L.A. knowing she won’t be alone.
“I’m going to do this, and I’m going to give it my all,” she says. “I know that I have the love and support of my friends and my community to take with me.”