Leah Jones, an 18-year-old college student from Chesapeake, will be featured on the ABC-TV show "Duets" tomorrow, May 24. Jones will appear in a segment with singing star Robin Thicke.
Jones, a graduate of Greenbrier Christian Academy, was chosen to be part of the show based on a video she submitted showing her performing the country hit "If I Die Young" a cappella.
Jones said the shows producers contacted her back in April. "They called me on a Tuesday, said they wanted me on a flight to L.A. that Thursday. So I went, we filmed on Friday and I flew back Saturday. It was amazing."
Even though her time with Thicke was short, Jones said the trip was valuable. "Robin was great. He was so nice, very real and down to earth. It was the experience of a lifetime."
"Duets" is a new show that intends to put a new twist on a very successful TV formula.
"This one-of-a-kind singing competition takes the singing superstars out from behind the judges’ table and onto the stage," the show's official web page explains. "Hey, that 's where we love to see them most anyway, isn’t it?"
Singing stars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Thicke set out to find undiscovered talent worthy to be their protégés. Each of the four stars will choose two singers to be their duet partners. The star and the protégé will take the stage each week and perform in front of a live studio audience.
The winning amateur will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
Jones said the brush with greatness has encouraged her to pursue a music career.
"I'm moving to Nashville in June," she said, explaining that she's decided to take time off from classes at Virginia Tech, where she just completed her first year. "I want to be a singer," she said. "I've recently started writing, but I’ve been singing since I could talk ... So I'm doing what I can."
"Duets" premiers at 8 p.m. May 24 on ABC.
Here's the audition video that got Jones on national television.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times