FL’s Unga rocks NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Battle rounds start March 5 for the former Forest Laker

Jordis Unga grew up in Forest Lake and has gone to Hollywood to compete on “The Voice.” (Photo submitted)

Jennifer Mevissen
Community Editor

Jordis Unga says she finds all types of music inspiring. Among her influences are James Taylor and Otis Redding.

“Not a lot of female vocalists on that list,” Unga confides.

She is competing in Season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice” on country crooner Blake Shelton’s team. Battle rounds start Monday, March 5.

“I’m riding this wave until it crashes,” Unga said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.

She sang “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney in her audition, leaving three out of four judges to vie for the 29-year-old who is a graduate of Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. Her father, Tati, still resides in Forest Lake.

Unga has plenty of experience in front of audiences, playing area stages before going on to CBS’ “INXS: Rock Star” where she was fourth runner-up in 2005.

Unga noted the number of Minnesotans who are popping up on television.

Reed Grimm is headed to the semifinals of “American Idol” this week. Other alums of the FOX show include Tim Mahoney and Jesse Langseth, younger sister to Jonny Lang.

The appearances of the aforementioned are a testament to the Twin Cities arts and culture, she says.

“The Minnesota music community is so tight-knit and small,” Unga said.

Shelton will pair two of his team members to a ‘sing off’ in the battle rounds. Tune it to KARE 11 TV to see if Unga makes it.