June 02--ALTON -- Former The Voice contestant and Glen Carbon native Tess Boyer will sing the national anthem to start the Feed the Need concert this Saturday featuring country musician John Michael Montgomery at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Boyer, a former St. Louis Rams cheerleader, confirmed Monday she would open the event, which is free of charge, according to Senior Services Plus Events and Activities Coordinator Kim Campbell.
Campbell said Boyer's presence is a huge deal because Boyer, being a local resident, is showing support for the concert which will raise money for Meals on Wheels.
"It just means that Meals On Wheels is being noticed out in the community and we are very excited to have her," she said. "We know that a lot of people have been following her on her journey through The Voice. And so we are excited to try to hopefully stand out to some of those Voice fans."
The Voice is an American reality singing competition on NBC with 12 million viewers each week. It is currently the no. 3 show on Prime Broadcast Network TV according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Boyer was chosen by every one of the show's panelists before being eliminated from competition April 29.
Hollywood Life writer Elizabeth Wagmeister said Boyer was the underdog of the season and the "powerhouse that got away too soon."
The Harman Family Bluegrass Band, from Shipman, will also perform.
Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at http://www.seniorservicesplus.org/, at Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. and by phone, 1-800-233-4904.
Brett Luster can be reached at 618-208-6447 and on Twitter @bdluster.
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