Vicksburg woman auditions for The Voice

Published 7:07 pm Monday, February 10, 2014

Sheila Bell has decided to share her musical gift with the world.

The 39-year-old Vicksburg native was in Nashville this month to audition for a spot on NBC’s The Voice, where celebrity artists are paired with singers they will coach and mentor until a winner is chosen. She’ll wait for a phone call to find out if she’s invited to the next round of auditions.

The songstress noticed that her talent was legitimate when she was four years old. Bell has had the urge to use her gift for many years now. After dealing with tragedy and the encouraging words of her mom, Bell has finally built up the courage to pursue her dream as a gospel singer.

“I have been wanting to do something with this talent for a long time now,” said Bell. “After my grandmother passed and my mom suffered a heart attack, my mom told me to go ahead and use my talent before it gets too late.”

During her audition, Bell struggled with nerves. She said she found peace when she remembered the people who believes in her ability to succeed.

“I was a little nervous, but then I started to think about all of the support that I have gotten from my family and my coworkers. That gave me strength.”

Bell looks at her audition as an opportunity to not only display her talent, but to be a good example for young women across the world.

“It’s time for me to get out and help some young ladies of this generation because I have been through a lot. I feel that I can bless a lot of people and help them heal when I sing. This is my mission.”

Bell said that she knows what her next step will be if this opportunity doesn’t work out for her.

“If I don’t make it on this show then I’ll audition for Sunday’s Best.”