(Photo provided by Ken Kneringer/Studio K Photography)
(Photo provided by Ken Kneringer/Studio K Photography)
Mariah Scott has been a performer since she was a child, putting on fashion shows for her parents and singing at church services.

Now, the 18-year-old Madison Consolidated High School senior has an opportunity to take a bigger stage than ever before. Mariah auditioned for the NBC television show "The Voice," a singing competition where judges select winners based solely on their voice.

Mariah received an immediate callback after her first audition. She is traveling to Chicago today to compete in the second round of tryouts.

How long have you been a singer?

I've been singing for about eight years. We just kind of started doing it, going to church and singing in church services. I discovered I could sing pretty well. My first couple of experiences were singing at candlelight services at church. Ever since I was little, I've always enjoyed putting on little concerts or fashion shows for my parents. So I guess entertaining people is always something I've enjoyed doing. So it was kind of an immediate love for it.

Who is your favorite artist?

 That's a tough one, I like a lot of different people. Probably the one I admire most is Carrie Underwood. She's a small-town girl that went out on a show and just went for her dreams. She proved it's not impossible.

Do you play any instruments?

I used to play piano a lot, but haven't played in a while. I can play some still and I'm teaching myself how to play guitar right now. I took a few lessons from Jimmy Davis at Ghostnote. That's how I first got a feel for what the different chords were. I have an app on my phone called tabs and it gives you lyrics to songs and above the lyrics it tells you what chord to play.

Do you have any other extra curricular activities?

I just became employed with First Stop Urgent care. I'll be working up at the front desk. I have a lot on my plate. I also model and do pageants and I'm still in school so that keeps me pretty busy too.

Is your ultimate goal to be a musician or work in the music industry?

Yes. That's definitely my dream anyway. It's definitely what I would love to wake up and do every day. But you can't really rely on doing that forever, so I do plan on going to college. I do plan on getting my degree to be a nurse practitioner. I guess you just always have to have something to fall back on.

There are so many singing competition shows on television, how did you decide on The Voice?

My parents actually followed the show last season. They were huge Nicholas David fans. I came home one night and heard something else on TV about the upcoming auditions for the next season and then my mom got on website and set up my artist profile. We looked up the tryouts for auditions and went to nearest one.

What was your reaction when you found out you were getting a callback?

I was really excited. The way they did it they took us into a room to one producer and we were singing for them in groups of 10. After we all sang our first song, he said the names of the people who he wanted to hear a second song from. There were only two of us from my group of 10 that were asked to sing a second song, but there was so much talent in the room. After he told us who was staying he had us come up to sing the second song and he immediately told us we were getting a callback. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.

From the time I found out to the time I finished my paper work, it had been an hour to an hour and a half. My parents were waiting outside and I went up to them waiving my red card. I was so excited.

It also made me feel really good because the level of talent there is incredible and the amount of people at the auditions is incredible. It made me feel really good to be sitting here with these other people.

What did you sing during your first audition?

First I sang "Bring me down" by Miranda Lambert. I chose it because at the beginning it's got a really neat melody to it. Kind of the ups and downs to vocals. I thought that would maybe spark their interest in me. Let them see a little bit of my talent from the start. The second song I sang was "So Small" by Carrie Underwood. I sang that song at my sister's wedding reception. I love that song because of the lyrics. If you look at it, it's really got a deeper meaning to it.

 If you make it to the show, whose team would you like to be on?

Blake (Shelton) all the way. 

Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

I've also got an artist page on Facebook and since I've started it I have about 220 "likes" on it. When you think about it you don't really think you know that many people or know that many individuals. It's incredible to think about the kind of support system you have behind you. I know if I need to, there are so many people I can call for a pep talk or anything really. It's greatly appreciated. It's amazing to me to see how much support I really have.