Family, fans root for Memphis 'The Voice' contestant - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family, fans root for Memphis 'The Voice' contestant

(WMC-TV) - Memphis has a voice and contestant Grace Askew is gaining fans across the country.

Grace has made it through the first battle round with her parents rooting her on as she sing on national television.

"It's phenomenal. We are in total shock. We really are," said mother Becky Askew.

Grace has the whole package. A sultry voice and show stealing looks, but when her parents watch her they see so much more.

Becky said it all started when Grace was 13-years-old asking for a guitar.

"It's a scary idea but as a parent you want your children to follow their dreams and I would say we were in that mode. We wanted Grace to follow this dream she had as a musician," said father Mark Askew. "Grace has made some phenomenal connections there and some great friends in the other contestants, and the people on "The Voice' are so encouraging and nurturing."

In the day of pop stars getting by on who the are and their looks, Grace Askew has done it the old school way. She has spent years traveling the country on her own, guitar in hand. It has not been easy and the singer hopes this is the break that will push her career to a new level.

"She did feel she'd reached a plateau and wanted to move on and hopefully get a recording contract," said Becky.

Askew last performed Tuesday night, moving on after singing "Me and Bobby McGee". Her loyal fans, and family, are waiting to see what is next for the Memphis artist.

Grace Askew made it through battle rounds last week with Coach Blake. There are still three other Bluff City contestants to watch for starting Monday.

The Battle Rounds continue April 22.  Watch the two-hour episode on WMC-TV 5.

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