Richfield teen reflects on her run on ‘The Voice’
The third time was the charm for Hannah Mrozak.
The 19-year-old from Richfield had twice auditioned for NBC’s hit singing competition “The Voice,” and was cut before she could advance to the blind auditions with the celebrity coaches.
“I was giving up, and my brother really pushed me to audition again,” she told the Journal Sentinel Tuesday. “I said, ‘What’s going to be different?’ and he said, ‘You can’t lose hope. You never know what will happen.’ ”
Mrozak was eliminated during the playoffs Monday night, but her best performance was saved for last: an emotionally charged rendition of Kesha’s “Learn to Let Go,” performed in tribute to her brother Mason. Mason committed suicide nearly two years ago. He was 15.
“I don’t think people realize how hard it was for me,” she said of the performance. “I was holding back tears literally the whole time.”
On Nov. 29, Mrozak will start recording an EP of original songs with producer Steve Burns, with a goal of releasing the EP by New Year’s Eve.
She’ll continue living in Richfield and working as an esthetician for Kohler Waters Spa to save some money. She’s also performing with the Eddie Butts Band Saturday at Los Mariachis, 4305 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, and Nov. 25 at Milwaukee Ale House, 233 N. Water St.
“There have been so many people reaching out telling me, ‘Your story helped me so much,’ or ‘I want to thank you for being an advocate,’ ” she said. “It’s so cool that I can be someone that can help people.”
Hannah Mrozak performs Kesha’s “Learn to Let Go” on “The Voice” Monday. For more on Mrozak, go to jsonline.com/music.