Air Force Staff Sergeant Angie Johnson has an official audition for The Voice, and she learned about it on Twitter while in Afghanistan. How’s that for modern technology miracles! Listen as Johnson does an impromptu Rolling in the Deep (Adele) with Missouri band Sidewinder. The video has 1.3 million hits.
What started as a half-hour jam session for airmen working the night shift in Afghanistan has landed a staff sergeant an audition for the reality show “The Voice.”
Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson has YouTube to thank for all the attention.
Johnson is part of Air Forces Central Command’s band Sidewinder. The band performed a quick acoustic set — without microphones or sound equipment — for 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron airmen Aug. 8.
The next day, fans posted a video of Johnson belting out Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep.” By Aug. 18, the video had logged 900,000 views.
It quickly garnered attention from cable and network news. Talk show host Carson Daly called on Twitter for Johnson to audition for NBC’s “The Voice,” a singing competition Daly hosts and featuring celebrity judges.
“Proud 2 say @angiekjohnson does have an official audition to be on @NBCTheVoice!,” Daly said on Twitter.
Johnson also has been invited to perform for the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Good Morning America.”…
Sidewinder is with the Missouri Air National Guard’s 571st Air Force Band, deployed as part of the Air Force Bands program that performs for troops. The band is set to return home in September.
“The YouTube clip has gone crazy,” said Master Sgt. Brian House, who plays trumpet and is a spokesman for the 571st Air Force Band.
Sidewinder is Capt John Arata – officer in charge, keyboards, fiddle;
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Maret – NCO in charge, percussion; Tech. Sgt. John Cavanaugh – operations/logistics, bass;
Tech. Sgt. Joseph Castilleja – guitar;
Staff Sgt. Tobias Callaway – saxophone; Staff Sgt. Ransom Miller – trumpet;
Staff Sgt. Devin LaRue – trombone, guitar, keyboards;
Staff Sgt. Brian Owens – vocals; Staff Sgt.
Angie Johnson – vocals;
Staff Sgt. Sean Navarro – Audio, Trombone.
Angie Johnson – Rolling in the Deep