- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Kat Perkins, the rock ‘n’ roll nanny who grew up in Scranton, figured after her run on NBC’s “The Voice,” life for her would return to some semblance of normalcy.

Not even close.

From appearances at Major League Baseball’s 2014 All-Star Game festivities, working on a record, a new single and touring, to selling out the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, Perkins said life did get back to normal - for about four days, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1s8SwKS ) reported.

“I honestly thought life would slow down … I thought I would have a moment to breathe,” she said.

The 33-year-old, who performed five seasons at the Medora Musical, is in the midst of finalizing dates for her tour in the Midwest. So far she has about 20 concerts booked, the first coming Aug. 16 in Minneapolis.

She’s even had time to get her motorcycle license.

Her first North Dakota performances since “The Voice” will be Aug. 22 to 23 at Medora on the stage where her singing career began.

“That is my roots,” Perkins said. “That is where it started for me.”

Her first show at the amphitheater sold out 4-and-a-half hours after tickets went on sale.

Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, has known Perkins since her high school days.

Hatzenbuhler followed her journey on the show, texting her words of encouragement right up until the moment she took the stage.

He said the wheels were already turning in his mind, even before Perkins’ run ended after making the final five on the sixth season of “The Voice.”

Hatzenbuhler said when he pitched the idea to Perkins (he still calls her Kathy, by the way), he knew one show wouldn’t be enough.

“I told her I think we might have to have two shows,” Hatzenbuhler said.

“I was flattered,” Perkins said, although she admitted she wasn’t quite sure what kind of response there would be.

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