Alcorn student Elvin Frye auditions for “The Voice”

In an effort to move closer to his dream, Alcorn State University senior Elvin Frye stepped out on faith and auditioned for one of today’s most popular singing contests.

Frye, a Natchez, Mississippi native majoring in vocal performance, sang in front of judges for the hit reality show “The Voice” Saturday, July 25 in Los Angeles, California. Frye was among plenty of talented upcoming singers from across the country that tried to earn a spot on the show. Despite not being selected, Frye is glad he made the best of his opportunity.

“It felt absolutely amazing to audition for the show,” said Frye. “Although I didn’t make it through, I’m not discouraged because I was considered. I’ve always said to myself that if an opportunity presents itself, I would make the conscious decision to act on it.”

Frye’s passion for singing began when he was 2-years-old.

“When I was younger, I would always sing, not knowing what I was doing or what I was getting myself into. I ended up singing my first song in church. Since then, I’ve been singing my heart out. Even when I did not feel like singing, I sung anyway. It turns out that this gift has become my calling.”

As a student of music, Frye sharpens his skills by being a part of Alcorn’s Men Chorale. He credits the leadership at the University for his progress.

“The vocal training I’ve been receiving at Alcorn has really helped my confidence. Mr. Charles E. Wesley, who is my vocal coach, always pushes us to step out on our voices. Alcorn has prepared me for what I want to do musically.”

With his newfound confidence, Frye is encouraged to keep pursuing a career in the music industry.

“I plan on auditioning for other shows. I may even audition for The Voice again. If I don’t make it on a television show, I will continue to pursue a music career anyway. Nothing will stop me from pushing towards my dreams.”

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