She was supposed to find out on a Friday.

Instead, Antioch's Toree McGee had to wait three seemingly excruciating days to learn she was a finalist for a chance to sing with award-winning country musician Keith Urban.

McGee found out Aug. 25 she was one of five singers heading to Urban's concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

"Initially, I was really anxious when waiting for the results," she said. "Then, they read off four names, so I held my breath until they finally announced me last. My heart was pounding and I was so relieved and immediately excited." The competition was sponsored by San Jose radio station 95.3 KRTY.

Like hundreds of others, McGee sent in her audition tape, landing her in the Top 10. From there, it was a matter of folks viewing her 44-second performance and voting for her.

Now, she may get the chance of a lifetime and perform "We Were Us" with Urban, an "American Idol" judge.

But first another wait begins. Urban's management team now must review the five tapes, with the winner named at the concert.

The Antioch native said she has been singing her whole life. She has performed a variety of genres -- from opera to rock to hip hop -- but prefers country.

"It's my favorite by far," she said. "It's what I grew up listening to."

Now 28, she has been singing since she started singing lessons and competitions at age 7. At 18, she began performing with live bands.


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She said music has always been her passion.

"It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do. From kindergarten when they ask you what you want to be when you grow up until now, the answer has always been a singer."

This is despite the fact that McGee, a 2004 Deer Valley High grad, walked away with golf scholarships in hand.

While at Deer Valley, she was the first freshman to advance directly to choir.

"After that, I spent the next three years in competition show choir," in addition to a touring choir with Golden Hills Community Church.

Currently she is a member of several area music groups, including an acoustic duo. She has performed with the Toree McGee Band, Rodeo House, the Joel Nelson Band, as well as Self Proclaimed Heroes, an '80s cover band where members dress as a super hero. Not surprisingly, McGee dons a Wonder Woman costume.

She said the best part of her career is doing what she loves for a living.

"There's no feeling like being onstage, seeing people genuinely enjoy what you're doing up there, and watching them dance and sing along. It's so much fun."

Next on her to-do list: recording her first demo of original songs in December when she heads to Nashville in hopes of getting a record deal.

But now, back to the business of Keith Urban.

If she gets the ultimate prize of performing with him, she said it will be "an incredible experience to sing with a talent like Keith. He's amazingly talented. Just to meet him would be great, but to share the stage and sing with him in front of thousands of people is something I can't even describe. It would be a great experience ..."

To see McGee's audition tape, visit http://www.krty.com/2014/07/01/top-5-sing-with-keith-urban-finalists/

Reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.