Vol­ley­ball coach is dig­ging ‘The Voice’

Judges ap­prove of vol­ley­ball coach from Mat­te­son

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Frank Vaisvi­las Frank Vaisvi­las is a free­lance re­porter.

Melinda Bussie, of Mat­te­son, says strangers are rec­og­niz­ing her af­ter her ap­pear­ance on the TV tal­ent show “The Voice.” Go­ing by the stage name Sandy Redd, Bussie im­pressed the judges on the show Oct. 2 with the song “River” by Bishop Briggs. Bussie is head vol­ley­ball coach at South­land Col­lege Prep in Rich­ton Park.

Af­ter ap­pear­ing on the tele­vi­sion tal­ent show “The Voice,” Melinda Bussie, of Mat­te­son, said strangers are rec­og­niz­ing her around town.

“I can’t hide with my big hair,” she said.

Go­ing by the stage name Sandy Redd, Bussie dur­ing an aired au­di­tion im­pressed judges Jen­nifer Hud­son, Kelly Clark­son, Blake Shel­ton and Adam Levine on the show Oct. 2 with her ren­di­tion of the song “River” by Bishop Briggs.

Bussie, the head vol­ley­ball coach at South­land Col­lege Prep in Rich­ton Park, told the Daily South town on Fri­day that it wasn’t a song she was fa­mil­iar with at first, but she wanted to “step out of her com­fort zone” be­cause she liked the sound of it.

It turned out to be a great choice be­cause all four judges turned their chairs once they heard it, mean­ing they all ap­proved and wanted the op­por­tu­nity to be her coach for fu­ture episodes.

Bussie chose Clark­son as her coach, even when Hud­son pointed out they both have Chicago roots.

The win­ner of the TV com­pe­ti­tion will win a record­ing con­tract.

Bussie ac­knowl­edged she was ner­vous be­fore the per­for­mance.

“But I was just ready to get on­stage and do my thing,” she said.

Bussie, 36, grew up singing gospel at Fel­low­ship Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church in Chicago with her seven broth­ers and sis­ters.

She had started as a backup singer for her­mom, who died from can­cer in 2006.

For the past 12 years, Bussie said she has been pur­su­ing a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in singing and had dis­cov­ered “The Voice” show’s In­sta­gram knock­out au­di­tions in which fol­low- ers vote for their fa­vorites.

She didn’t win that com­pe­ti­tion but the show’s pro­duc­ers saw it and in­vited her on the show.

Back home Bussie said she ap­pre­ci­ates all of the fan­fare she has re­ceived from be­ing on the show, such as from peo­ple call­ing out to her when she vis­its the bank or the gro­cery store.

She said her fam­ily has been very pro­tec­tive of her since com­ing back and has been try­ing to make sure she can han­dle all the sud­den fame.

Be­fore her TV fame, Bussie has opened for noted per­form­ers, such as R. Kelly, 50 Cent and Chaka Khan and has per­formed as “Dorothy” in “The Wiz” in Chicago.

Last year, she won a WGCI ra­dio singing con­test. She has re­leased a six- song project called “Redd Fever.” Bussie also was nom­i­nated as the R&B en­ter­tainer of the year for the 37th an­nual Chicago Mu­sic Awards this year.

Bussie also is busy as the head vol­ley­ball coach at South­land Col­lege Prep.

A pep rally was held in her honor for be­ing on the show Oct. 4.

“That was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. They all wanted to showme love,” Bussie said.

She said her play­ers are ex­tremely happy for her and some were even cry­ing tears of hap­pi­ness.

A TV watch party at the school is be­ing or­ga­nized for Bussie’s next ap­pear­ance on the show, which airs at 7 p.m. Mon­days and Tues­days on NBC.

It is un­clear when Bussie’s next ap­pear­ance on the show will be.

MARY COMP­TON/DAILY SOUTHTOWN

MARY COMP­TON/DAILY SOUTHTOWN

Stu­dents at South­land Col­lege Prep cel­e­brate vol­ley­ball coach Melinda Bussie, right, whose stage name is Sandy Redd, dur­ing a pep rally Oct. 4.

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