Monte Vista grad featured on hit NBC show


Katie Turley has been singing in choirs since elementary school, but she will soon earn more than 15 minutes of fame.

"Never in a million years did I think that at 19, I would be singing on national television and chasing after my dream," she said.

Katie, a 2010 Monte Vista High School graduate, will perform with A capella group Urban Method on NBC's "The Sing Off," a talent show-esque competition program airing Sept. 19.

As sophomore at the University of Denver on a vocal performance scholarship, Katie began making waves as a part of Idiosingcrasies, an A capella group affiliated with the college. Sonic Audio's Tony Huerta helped produce the group's first album earlier this year and began Katie's rise to television glory.

"I met Tony when we were recording our album," Katie said. "I got to know him and he asked me if I wanted to join this group he was putting together to audition for 'The Sing Off.'"

To form Urban Method, Huerta handpicked seven other musicians whose individual sounds revolve in the urban music and hip-hop wheelhouse. Each performer had a record of extensive studio session work but had never previously performed together.

"Urban Method has given me an opportunity to share my gift with the world," Katie said, "They have taught me things about myself that I didn't know." Her role in Urban Method is soprano and back-up rapper to Myke Charles Hudson.

The group hopes to stand out among its competition with a groundbreaking sound mixture of A capella and rap.

"Urban Method is so pumped for the premier of The Sing Off! We are working so hard and loving the music we are creating," the group posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Sixteen groups will compete on "The Sing Off" for $200,000 and a Sony Music recording contract. They will perform in front of celebrity judges, including singer-songwriters Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds and Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman in hopes of being recognized as the best A cappella group in the country.

The show's third season, and its first "full season" will be hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Nick Lachey featuring two-hour episodes weekly.

Kaiulani Simpson of NBC Universal said that teams will be broken into two brackets of eight. The first group, including Urban Method, will perform on Sept. 19 and the second will perform the next week on Sept. 26.

Teams from each bracket will continue to be eliminated and when the top ten is reached, the brackets will merge, Simpson said.

In preparation for the competition, rehearsal for Urban Method begins at 8 a.m. and sometimes ends as late as 1 a.m. Katie admitted that she has never worked so hard in her life.

"Sometimes it's hard to keep going but I remember how lucky I am to be doing this," Katie said, "it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so blessed to be a part of this show and Urban Method!"

Katie's family, including her mother Sue Turley, is looking forward to watching the premiere on NBC, Monday.

"It's very exciting that she's living her dream because her dream is to perform," Turley said. Katie said on the Urban Method website that performing is something she cannot get enough of.


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Posted by Pamela U.
a resident of Danville
on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Yay Katie. We're "rooting" for you. You're soooo talented. We're very excited to see you perform. Good luck!!! Mark and Pamela U.

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