RANDOLPH, NJ- A homegrown star returned to his Randolph roots recently to speak to kids about overcoming fear and striving to achieve their dreams. On Tuesday May 30, Brendan Fletcher, famous for reaching the finals of the hit TV show “The Voice”, visited Shongum school in Randolph where he was an elementary student 20 years ago.
"It was wonderful playing for my alma mater at Shongum Elementary,” said Fletcher. “Thanks to Mrs. Murphy for setting up the gig, I couldn't have asked for a more attentive bunch."
Fletcher performed some songs, and also spoke to students in grades 3-5 about his battle to overcome being shy, telling the kids how he sang on that same school stage in 5th grade and wasn't very good, but practiced every day to try and get better.
He shared a story about when he was 18 he went to try out for “The Voice” but while waiting in line got discouraged and thought he'd never make it so he left the line and never tried out. 6 years later he got the courage to try again, and was very nervous, but because he knew it was something he loved to do and knew it was his dream, he pushed through. Ultimately he wound up singing at the finale.
"Never give up on yourself; Each and every one of you sitting in front of me is special,” Fletcher told the students. “You are special because there is no one like you in the world and that's a good thing. Find what makes you special and show the world."
Fletcher told students to get involved, find the thing they love to do and stick with it.
He will be doing a benefit for the Leukemia &Lymphoma Society on Monday June 12th, 7:30 @ Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, presented by Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty. All proceeds support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Tickets are still available.