MUSCATINE, Iowa—Muscatine has a lot of musical talent and two residents, Ashley Peddicord and Noryli Villada, look forward to showcasing theirs on the regional stage. On Feb. 15, the two will compete in the final round of “Are You the Voice of the Quad Cities?” at the Rust Belt at 7 p.m.
Both Peddicord and Villada have enjoyed singing since their childhoods. Peddicord grew up in a musical family and loved singing in both her church and school choirs. For Villada, singing a solo at a school concert in fourth grade helped her realize her passion for singing, which she later nurtured by participating in show choir.
In December 2019, Peddicord and Villada both auditioned for “Are You the Voice of the Quad Cities?” Both learned about the competition, which features a $3,500 grand prize plus a $500 donation to an area high school of their choice, through social media and decided to audition after receiving encouragement from their friends and families.
Though both the auditions and the first round of competition proved nerve racking, Peddicord and Villada both shone in their performances and ended up having a good time. Villada enjoyed getting to prove to herself (and her nervous mother) that she had what it took to move on to the finals, and Peddicord felt exhilarated by performing in front of such a large audience. “Being on stage with the concert lighting and a huge crowd was totally surreal,” she recalled. “(It) made me feel like I was actually a big star.”
As the final competition approaches, each singer looks forward to having one more chance to show their talent to the world. “I feel excited to head into the finals,” said Peddicord. “It’s amazing how much talent there is, and I’m pretty lucky to have been a part of this experience.”
“I feel very fortunate to have made it this far,” added Villada: “I feel a little nervous as well, but I’m also super excited to perform. I love the song I chose and it’s super fun. I can’t wait for everyone to watch me and have a fun time.”