Michelle Farnsworth
 
 
    
 
Kat Perkins on The Voice. (NBC/The Voice)
 
 

The Kat Perkins whirlwind took North Dakota and the nation by storm, as Perkins, a Scranton, N.D., native, competed on NBC's show, "The Voice."

Choosing iconic rock songs to showcase her solid voice and broad range, and perhaps giving the members of Journey an awakening with her performance of "Open Arms," Perkins continued to show her true rock 'n' roll style singing Heart's "Magic Man" in her first live performance.

Social media is key to any of the competitors' success on "The Voice." Perkins' family and friends catapulted her to the top of the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. "Team Kat" t-shirts sold like corn-on-the-cob at The North Dakota State Fair, and Perkins' songs rocketed to the top of the iTunes music charts.

Q: What was it like growing up in Scranton?

A: Scranton, N.D., is a tiny town of about 300 people. I loved growing up there and was involved in everything possible from FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) to cheerleading, to music, to the science team. Everyone knows everyone; you are greeted by name; and everyone waves to you on the highways. I grew up on a farm where we grew wheat and barley. Farming was a part of my life, and I was driving trucks and combines from the age of 12. I was really close to my family and I really had a lot of time to focus on the things that I loved and one of those was music.

Q: I can imagine your small town roots made your story a little more attractive to the producers of The Voice. Do you agree?

A: I think people's back stories are great, but the show is called "The Voice," and I believe that's the quality that catches the attention of producers.

Q: Much has been made of your previous experience with the Medora Musical, Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort and Dirty Word. But I would like to know about how you see your future?

A: I see my future right now as "Kat Perkins." I've never aspired to be a solo artist per say, but now is the time. I cannot wait to record my first record as Kat Perkins and flourish my artistry in this way. I hope my fans look forward to that as well.

Q: How is your family in ND handling their place in the spotlight? Is their 15 minutes of fame fun for you to witness?

A: My family (members are) such rock stars. They've done so much to keep up with the media and share their experience on this crazy ride. I'm so proud to watch them. Even my grandfather was on the news.

Q: How is your Minneapolis nannying family dealing with not having their beloved "Rock and Roll Nanny" at home?

A: It's hard for both me and the family I nanny for to be gone for such a long time. I miss them so much, and they assure me when we Skype that they miss me and that they are doing their homework. They have family in Minnesota that is helping out while I'm gone, and I'm doing my best to make them proud.

Q: How much time have you actually spent with "The Voice" production? Are the days rigorous?

A: I've spent a lot of time on the production and I wouldn't give it up for the world. The days are long, but they are an absolute blast. I mean, anytime I get to spend the day doing what I love is a great day. Then, you add the joy of working with celebrity coaches and an absolutely amazing staff and crew, and suddenly you forget that you've been at it for many hours.

Q: I think people are always interested in the behind-the-scene aspects of hugely popular shows such as "The Voice." Is it intimidating?

A: Let's put it this way, it is challenging -- one, exciting challenge. With all the talented people and coaches around me, it definitely pushes me to a new level of performing and executing a song.

Q: What will you be doing with Adam Levine? Can you give us a little insight into the process?

A: Adam is there to coach me and to help me deliver every single song to the best of my ability. He's encouraging, nice, smart, cute, funny and everything you could imagine. He inspires me every day with his words of wisdom and advice.

Q: I loved watching a clip of you performing "Gold Dust Woman" at Treasure Island Casino. Your performance was amazing and quite different from the version you performed on your blind audition for "The Voice." Do you hope to show America a little more of the rock 'n' roll side of Kat Perkins?

A: Rock is my roots. Rock is in my blood, so it's only fitting that I stay true to that on the show. It was my main influence in my household from my mother and father, and the songs I write are rock. However, with all of the other performing I've done in my career, with all the bands and different theatre productions, I am also ready for that curve ball if they throw it at me.



 
Michelle Farnsworth loves travel, writing, photography, daily devotions, gardening, making jewelry and finding old treasures. Her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, who bring life, love and laughter to her each day.