Editor's Note: This is the next in a series of features about the Morristown's Got Talent Finalists. Check back with Patch as more are posted leading up to the Feb. 26 event.
For Lindsay Roby, it started with a poster.
The assistant manager at Strawberry Fields, a self serve yogurt shop in Morristown, saw the paper advertisement for the auditions for Morristown's Got Talent in her store and "thought it would be a fun opportunity."
Roby will be singing a popular Alicia Keys song "If I Ain't Got You" in the annual fundraiser for the Morris Educational Foundation and will compete for top prize, as well as for the admiration and praise of the regularly-sold out event. Tara Bernie, a Morristown resident who serves as senior producer for NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood LIVE, will preside over Feb. 26 contest at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
The choice of song was not a difficult one for the singer.
"I have always admired her as an artist and I love her music," Roby said.
Roby said the audition process went well despite a couple bumps in the road.
"I actually missed the first audition due to the weather, but once we rescheduled it went great," Roby said. "I felt very confident trying out."
Part of that confidence comes from the people supporting her, and Roby said she has quite a team in her corner.
"My parents and sister are my biggest supporters when it
comes to things I love to do, like singing. My sister has always pushed me to
follow my dreams and to conquer my fears," Roby said.
Artistic by nature, Roby spends her downtime drawing and painting and enjoys doing makeup.
"But mostly I work and spend time with friends and family," Roby said.
As for her chances at the big show? Roby is optimistic, but cautiously so.
"I not sure if I am going to win, I will be happy for whom ever does,"Roby said. "But of course I would love to. That would be awesome."
Tickets will go on sale Jan. 27 for the event at the Mayo Peforming Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. Those interested can call 973-539-8008 or purchase online at www.mayoarts.org.
Those interested in sponsoring the event or purchasing an advertisement in the event’s playbill to cheer on the contestants and to benefit the Morris Educational Foundation can download forms at www.morristownsgottalent.com.