Local girl tries out for ‘Talent’ telecast

ELKINS – An Elkins youth took her singing ability to Nashville in an attempt to take the stage on the NBC reality show, “America’s Got Talent.”

Gracie Metheny, 9, was one of hundreds of people who auditioned for the show on Jan. 28 at Soundcheck Nashville. Each contestant receives a 90-second time slot to try to impress judges and move on.

“Gracie was number 63 and we got there first thing in the morning,” Gracie’s mother, Brandie Metheny, said. “They took her into a room with nine other people in her group. They were basically all singers and a couple played instruments. She was the youngest in her group and probably one of the youngest there overall.”

Gracie covered “Just a Dream” by Carrie Underwood, who is one of her favorite artists, and also played guitar at the audition.

Brandie Metheny said they haven’t heard back about whether or not she was chosen to move on. but there is still time for selections to be made.

“We are still waiting. We could find out… to the end of April,” Brandie Metheny said. “We are still holding out.”

Gracie has been performing since she was 5 years old and has always enjoyed listening to music and singing along.

“The biggest thing I always noticed about her is that we listen to a lot of gospel and country music and she could always hear a song, learn it very quickly and sing with it, in tune,” Brandie Metheny said. “She always had that ear for it.”

Gracie has been performing for years at different events, including pageants, festivals and sporting events. She has performed with local musicians such as Seth Maynard and Johnny Cochran and the Trail Blazers.

She won the Mountain State Forest Festival talent show in 2012 by placing first in every event and taking home the grand championship for children.

Gracie is active in school choir and also enjoys playing guitar and piano. She also enjoys softball and basketball, and is an avid collector of American Girl dolls.