- 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 (https://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.

Hatzenbuhler was, and said he asked for a commitment of two days if the first show sold out.

“It was unbelievable,” Perkins said.

Hatzenbuhler said the second concert at the nearly 2,800-seat amphitheater still has some tickets available, but it, too, has almost sold out.

Hazen sisters Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh of Tigirlily will open both shows.

Perkins will also appear in Bismarck on Sept. 13 at Bismarck State College’s Community Bowl for a grand re-opening of the field following renovations.

Country singer-songwriter Jessie Veeder of Watford City is also performing at the concert.

Perkins said occasionally, she pinches herself to make sure it’s all real.

“It is happening,” she said. “I can’t put it into words … but coming back to North Dakota … it brings things full circle.”

Perkins said she has been writing up a storm, working on songs for her album.

She said her entire experience - from almost being out of the music game after throat surgery - to “The Voice” and now to a new record and tour has put things in perspective for her.

Maybe most of all, she said, she’s learned persistence, patience and hard work pays off.

As far as songwriting goes, she said she feels she’s better at it at this stage in her life.

“I have so much to say, so much to talk about,” she said.

Still, the song she chose for the single off the record isn’t one of her own. It was written by Heather Holley, who helped launch the career of Christina Aguilera.

She said it’s a song she wishes she had written because it captures the essence of her journey.

“When I heard the song, I couldn’t turn it down,” Perkins said.

Without revealing much about the record and the single, she said fans can get a pretty good idea by following her Twitter account.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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