Barron community supports local singer ahead of "The Voice" audition

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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local singer's voice will soon be heard nationally, as he prepares to appear on hit television show, “The Voice”.

The City of Barron is decked with signs that read one name, Chris Kroeze. The support comes ahead of the local singer's national television debut on NBC’s “The Voice”. Kroeze is auditioning for the competition and the entire community is rooting for him including the local school district.

“We're so proud to say that he is a 2009 Barron Area School District graduate. Chris started in talent shows and plays right here in the school district...this was his start," said Diane Tremblay, District Administrator.

Chad Buss, Barron High School Principal is Kroeze’s former freshman football coach. Buss says he got to know Chris during his time on the team and is very proud of the success Chris’s music career has brought.

"It’s all self- earned, Chris has worked his tail off to get where he is right now,” said Buss. Another local supporter of Kroeze’s is Jennifer Clemens, his former 7th grade teacher. “He was in my English, Language Arts class,” said Clemens. She describes him as a sweetheart and says he’s known for using his voice to make other smile.

Kroeze has performed for troops overseas, at NBA basketball games, and regularly comes back to Barron schools to entertain kids in his hometown.

Barron school officials say Chris has set a great example to area students about following your dreams. "He is just such a great role model for the kids in the school district. Our mission to pursue dreams and make a positive impact on the world...that's exactly what he is doing," said Tremblay.

Chris Kroeze will appear on this season’s “The Voice”, auditioning in for celebrity judges Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Black Shelton, and Adam Levine. “He deserves this...I hope makes it big,” said Clemens.

“The Voice” airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 P.M. on WEAU.