CASPER, Wyo. — Even if you’ve never heard of “The Voice” specifically, or if you don’t care for singing competitions generally, you should turn on your television Tuesday night.
You might see someone you recognize.
Casper’s McChale Aquile Gunby previously auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice” and his segment will air Tuesday night.
His mother, Deborah Schiltz of Casper, will host a small viewing party at her home for friends and family. She’s looking forward to hearing her son sing, as opposed to the taping of the blind auditions when she could barely stand to watch.
“When you are in a room with (host) Carson Daly and watching, it was so overstimulating. At one time, I just became delirious. I don’t even remember him singing much past the opening lines,” Schiltz said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to, to just relax and watch and enjoy it this time.”
Gunby moved to Douglas as a first-grader in 1993. He loved music and started singing in choirs and talent competitions. As a freshman and sophomore, he sang in Douglas’ Hamilton Street Express, founded by Gunby’s beloved choir instructor Dave Anderson.
After Anderson’s death in Gunby’s sophomore year, Gunby moved to Casper to sing in the Kelly Walsh High School choir. He graduated from there in 2005.
Now living in California and performing under his stage name, Aquile, Gunby has opened for B.B. King with The Orbit Group, performed in San Diego’s Charger Stadium, and opened for Lupe Fiasco and Cobra Starfish at Extra’s New Year’s Eve celebration at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Gunby has been working with “The Voice” all summer, but he and his mother are not allowed to talk about what will happen Tuesday on the show.
On “The Voice,” four celebrity judges — Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green — choose singers by blind audition. That is, the judges can only hear a singer in the auditions. They see the singer only after deciding, with the push of a big red button, whether or not the singer should join the judge’s vocal team. Singers will be pitted against one another on subsequent episodes.
Tuesday, Gunby’s blind audition will be shown, so we will get to see if any of the judges picked him for his or her team. If Gunby is picked, he’ll continue on through the season, until the judges or viewers vote him off the show.
Or until he wins.
“The Voice” airs on NBC at 7 p.m.