A Las Cruces resident and a local radio personality who was Hollywood bound will be singing the national anthem at the Bataan Memorial Death March for the second time in a row March 20.
“(My favorite part about Bataan) is the emotion that comes from it,” said Patty Campos, a local El Paso, Texas, radio personality for the popular station 93.1 KISS FM. “It’s such a heavy topic that everyone comes together to be a part of. To be able to support America by singing the national anthem is just a great honor.”
Campos was invited to audition privately for the producers of the popular singing competition TV show “The Voice.”
Campos, along with 40 other participants, traveled to “The Voice” studios in Los Angeles, California, July of 2015.
“It was a great experience,” Campos said.
Unlike the show’s audition, Campos was invited to sing privately for the producers and competed with 40 other singers. Campos stayed on for a week until she was ultimately sent home. She said the producers invited her to audition again in 2016.
Campos said the opportunity to audition came about when a producer for a popular band, “Candlebox”, made his way through El Paso. She and the producer, Matt Iudice, became friends and he heard Campos sing through YouTube videos he had found online. Iudice encouraged her to audition for the show. He was able to get her a private audition for “The Voice.”
“It was just me and 40 others at the actual studio,” Campos said.
The opportunity opened a lot of doors for Campos since she was featured in several different news outlets in El Paso and Las Cruces before trying out, she said. She sings the national anthem regularly at local sports events in El Paso.
Campos said she was planning on trying out for the show again in 2016 but is currently expecting her first child. She said she will definitely be trying out again in 2017.
Last year’s march was Campos’ second time singing the national anthem at WSMR. Campos first sang the national anthem at Thanks Team WSMR in 2014.
“Patricia is an amazing singer who will add to the excitement and patriotism at the Bataan 2016 opening ceremony,” said Steve Zagar, WSMR director of Family Morale and Welfare.
Campos has had a passion for singing ever since she was in middle school. Campos sang in the school choir and in the El Paso Choir. She said she enjoys working in a job where she gets to use her voice daily. She was excited to be invited again this year and enjoys being a part of such an inspiring event.