‘Voice’ contestant sings for school

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Natalie Brady warms up Dec. 19, before her benefit concert at the Constantine Theater in Pawhuska on behalf of the Osage Language Immersion School.

The Constantine Theater isn’t just a place where visitors come to get a feel for Osage County history and culture; sometimes the performers are on a mission.

Just ask Tulsa native Natalie Brady, who was a contestant earlier this year on the NBC singing competition program, “The Voice.” Brady, 33, is Osage on her paternal side and explains she received help from the Osage Nation when she was a college student.

The evening of Dec. 19, she performed at the Constantine as a way to reach out and help the Osage people. Her concert was the headline event for a fundraiser benefiting the Osage Language Immersion School.

“I had asked what I could do to help the tribe,” Brady said. She hopes to make return trips to Pawhuska to provide music enrichment at the school. She said that she sees this as something that can be an ongoing contribution. Brady says she does not speak the Osage language, and didn’t ever really have an opportunity to learn it.

Brady, who studied journalism at Newberry College and finished in 2007, plans to have a record out next spring. She offers the following motto as a description of her music — “country-rooted, rockin’ Southern and pure soul.” She names country and southern rock as the genres to which she is closest.

The concert was organized by a group of immersion school parents as part of an ongoing effort to support the two-year-old school’s faculty and staff.

Amy Shackelford, president of the parent committee that handled arrangements for Brady’s performance, said the fundraiser went well. In addition to Brady’s music, there was a silent auction. Overall, the event raised more than $3,000, Shackelford said.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are about that,” Shackelford also said, referring to Brady’s interest in helping with music enrichment for the immersion school. The school currently serves about 55 pupils.