Victoria teen goes for 'The Voice' (Video)
By BY J.R. ORTEGA - JRORTEGA@VICAD.COM
Feb. 12, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.
Megha Chandna hit a high note when she advanced to a second-chance audition of NBC's "The Voice" in Houston last weekend.
The St. Joseph High School sophomore outsang about 4,000 season 5 hopefuls, but Tuesday, when competing against the final 50, she missed her mark.
The 16-year-old sings on, however, hopeful that hard work and determination will one day launch her onto the radio waves.
Judges said her voice needed to mature a bit, and she needed to work on her voice dynamic.
Megha took the constructive criticism well.
"It doesn't discourage me at all," said Megha, chipper despite not making the cut.
The road to the first audition was exhausting but it was an experience Megha will always cherish, especially because she considers auditioning for future singing shows, such as "American Idol" and "X Factor."
Megha, and her father, Harish Chandna, a Victoria cardiologist, waited outside the Reliant Center in the cold for two hours. Eventually, they made it indoors, only to wait for seven hours.
Once she was in, she sang The Jackson 5's "Who's Loving You," and was the only one in the group of 10 to stay back. That's when she sang "Hero" by Mariah Carey and made it through.
"I had never done anything like that before," she said about the experience. "Even though it's my first try, there is always next year."
Megha started classical voice lessons seven years ago and was in the choir at Our Lady of Victory School. Today, she is still in choir at St. Joseph.
This past year, she became interested in honing her rhythm and blues voice. That's when her voice coach Marlene Sacobie came on board.
Sacobie, 49, is not a professional voice coach, though she sings in the church choir. Megha considers her a great coach, but even more, a friend.
Sacobie said even though Megha did not make it, she has an extraordinary voice and talent.
"I've seen her progress very quickly," Sacobie said. "I have faith in her."
The two practice often, but because of the show, they have been practicing for several hours a day.
"She's obviously very helpful," Megha said about Sacobie.
This is only the beginning, her mom, Manju Sachdev-Chandna, said.
"They said she had a lot of potential," Sachdev-Chandna said about the judge's critique. "We're working toward this to be long term."
Megha will still practice at home, holding her fingers out, using them to control and manage her pitch.
"I think it was worth it after all this," she said. "It was just amazing."