PATERSON, N.J..- Outstanding performance by Paterson native Wé McDonald at WPU came with a surprise for all students!
William Paterson University and the Office of Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres hosted the “Voice of Paterson Concert,” for Wé McDonald who was a finalist on last season of “The Voice,” while completing her freshman year at the college.
Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron president of the college thanked Mayor Joey Torres for “his idea and enthusiasm to honor Wé McDonald,” senior students from Paterson and Passaic high school were invited to attend the free concert.
“Wé McDonald's extraordinary talent has placed her and the name of our city at the forefront of national acclaim,” said Mayor Torres. “A daughter of Paterson, we are especially proud of her outstanding performance on NBC's The Voice, and wish her the utmost success.”
Before McDonald took the stage the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts choir performed four songs showcasing the choir's exceptional talents. Next to perform was the Passaic County Technical Institute’s chorus Sound Chasers. The a Capella group gave an outstanding performance.
Chorus members and cousins Alexis and Ciara Casiano both sing in the group stating, “This chorus feels like a family, we are musically in sync and together we create great energy,” said Ciara. “Being part of Sound Chasers reminds us all of our worth,” said Alexis.
Although McDonald had a life changing experience being on the TV show, she did not forget her other commitments. “I am in school because there's a lot of things I don't know yet. I'm here to learn in order to be the next Michael Jackson, Prince or even Beyonce!” McDonald told the crowd.
After the concert Waldron joined Mayor Torres on stage to award McDonald the keys to Paterson. McDonald is the youngest person to be awarded the keys to the city.
McDonald's next performance is at New York's Highline Ballroom on February 3rd. Torres surprised McDonald and the seniors with free transportation to her show. Students must purchase their tickets, and bring proof in order to board the buses.