Volleyball coach is digging ‘The Voice’
Judges approve of volleyball coach from Matteson
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.
Students at Southland College Prep celebrate volleyball coach Melinda Bussie, right, whose stage name is Sandy Redd, during a pep rally Oct. 4.