Southsider Voice correspondent
Fifteen-year-old Gabby Barrett is already racking up more achievements than most teenagers dream of as she has reached the final rounds of auditions to be on “The Voice.” The Pittsburgh native performed Monday night at Uno Pizzeria & Grill as part of a fundraiser for Teen Cancer America.
“I do perform at children’s hospitals in Pittsburgh,” Barret said. “And we do a lot of benefits for people with cancer.
Barrett has sung the national anthem at home games for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. She has won many awards, including Smokey Robinson and Jackie Evancho awards.
“I started singing when I was 9 with choir, and we went all over Pittsburgh; my name was taken up from there,” she said.
This past month Barrett had a decision to make as she tried out for “The Voice” and “American Idol.” As she progressed in the auditions she had to pick which show to appear in, and “The Voice” was her pick. Barrett has a final audition in New York on July 21 for the show.
As part of the fundraiser, Uno Pizzeria & Grill at 4740 E. Southport Road donated 15 percent of the nightly proceeds to Teen Cancer America. If a certain amount was raised, the donation was bumped up to 20 percent. Linette Schoch, the eatery’s marketing coordinator, got in touch with the organization as it is trying to expand.
“They originated in the U.K.,” Schoch said. “They are based out of California. They can’t seem to get to this side (of the country), and they are trying to get involved on this side.”