Rich­field teen re­flects on her run on ‘The Voice’

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - GREEN SHEET - Piet Levy

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.”

TYLER GOLDEN / NBC

Han­nah Mrozak per­forms Ke­sha’s “Learn to Let Go” on “The Voice” Mon­day. For more on Mrozak, go to json­line.com/mu­sic.

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