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Excitement, support grow for Fayetteville native on 'The Voice'

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As Fayetteville native Luke Edgemon competes on NBC's popular show "The Voice," support from people in his hometown is growing.

"We're really excited. We're routing for him. We hope he goes all the way," said Rachel Wood.

Rachel is a former Massey Hill Classical High School classmate of Luke's, and she also sang in chorus with him and attended the same church. Her mother, Debbie, said they have known Luke and his family since 2000.

"It's great to see the local kid and someone you know on 'The Voice' and making good," Wood said. "We're all talking about him. We're all watching TV. It's on Facebook. Everybody's liking and commenting. We're just very, very excited for him."

That excitement is spreading elsewhere as well. Several people at Destiny Now church are thrilled to see Luke doing well on the competitive singing show. Kesha Reaves is the worship leader at the church and was Luke's vocal coach for several years.

"I noticed the sultry voice that he had, and all of these musical genres that he could sing," Reaves said Monday. "I am ecstatic just watching him sing. All of the participants are good, but there's something about Luke that's different. The sound is unique."

Reaves said she thinks a lot of people in the Fayetteville area are interested in seeing how Luke fairs on the show. She said word of his talent seems to be spreading now that he has made his debut on "The Voice."

"Everybody here is excited," Reaves said. "I mean everybody at Starbucks to Walmart to Target -- everyone is just in a tizzy about Luke."

Luke's dad, Barry Edgemon, said he has seen that excitement first-hand. Friends, fellow church members and even people he and his wife don't know have contacted him by phone, email and social media.

"His Twitter following has probably quadrupled as well, and so has his Facebook," Barry said. "We know that's coming a lot from Fayetteville here, and we're really grateful for that."

He said a lot of supporters just want to know when to watch for Luke on the show, but so far even he has had to watch every episode to find out. NBC has been very secretive about which contestants would compete on which night.

"We're just watching with you to know when he's going to do his thing," Edgemon said. "We sort of feel like he'll be on tonight or tomorrow night -- sort of what we've been led to believe."

No matter what happens, Edgemon said his son will continue to live in California. He said he is already working professionally as a singer. He just hopes "The Voice" will boost Luke's career.

"We've always supported him, and we're just very excited about what this will lead to in the rest of his journey and his career," Barry said.

He said episodes of the show will soon be live on television. At that time Luke's family and close supporters will know which night Luke will perform. Edgemon said Luke's close family will travel to Los Angeles for those live competitions.

With a better idea of when Luke will be on the show, his supporters will also be able to schedule viewing parties he said.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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