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Anna Taylor, of Sergeant Bluff, won the Sioux City Rockestra's first singing competition when she was 14 years old. Taylor will be moving to a bigger stage this month as a contestant on NBC's "The Voice."

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SERGEANT BLUFF | Sixteen-year-old Anna Taylor, who won the inaugural Rockestra version of "American Idol" in the summer of 2012, will be moving to a bigger stage later this month as a contestant on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice."

Anna, the daughter of David and Kelly Grote, took the stage last fall to perform a blind audition before the coaches, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira, David Grote said.

Due to "Voice" contract restrictions, Anne could not comment.

She went to an open call audition last year in Manhattan, her dad said. The Grotes were headed for New York as a 25th wedding anniversary celebration and invited her to join them at the last minute so she could audition. Anna was then invited to Los Angeles for an on-show TV audition.

"It literally was an amazing experience for her," said Grote. "They treat everybody like they're going to keep them there. They treat everybody like you're the next star."

In addition to performing with Rockestra, the Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School sophomore performs with November 35th, a local band made up of high school students from Sergeant Bluff and Sioux City. The band performs throughout the tri-state area and regularly at Sioux City's Chesterfield.

John Luebke, Sioux City Rockestra founder and director, has worked with Anna for the past 18 months. He's thrilled for Anna and is excited that she will get some national recognition.

"I have some inner peace that other people will feel the same way I do," he said.

Because of contractual obligations associated with the TV show, Luebke said Anna wasn't able to tell anyone that she had auditioned for the show. But he guessed nevertheless.

"When I would see her, I would ask when she was going to talk about her big news," he said.

"The Voice" premieres Feb. 24.

Anna's performance is scheduled to be part of that show, according to a post on her band's Facebook page.

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