EllieMae Millenkamp grew up around calves, farm machinery and 4-H.
But the Jerome native just went big-time Hollywood on “The Voice.”
MillenKamp, 21, made it through blind auditions Monday night on NBC’s popular music series. After she started singing Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ’Round,” celebrity judge Blake Shelton spun around in his chair and welcomed Millenkamp — who uses the stage name EllieMae — to join Team Blake.
“We’re supposed to hear somebody that we like and coach ’em,” the country star told her. “I heard enough. I wanted you on my team.”
EllieMae was raised with feedlot mud on her boots. Her family owns the massive, multi-tiered Millenkamp Cattle operation. But even a 15,000-acre dairy farm didn’t distract her from music. She sang in church, learned to play guitar and evolved into a singer-songwriter. (Check out her latest release, “Coors Light and Jesus Christ,” on YouTube or Spotify.) In Idaho, she’s performed at Twin Falls Western Days and Gordy’s Hwy 30 Music Festival.
EllieMae plans to graduate in December from Iowa State University, where she’s studying agricultural business. But will music create a fork in the dirt road when it comes to her career path?
Viewers can follow her progress by watching the 17th season of “The Voice” at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.
EllieMae is the second Idahoan to advance this year. During the 16th season, Jacob Maxwell of Coeur d’Alene made the cut to the final 24 contestants.