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Coming home: Perkins rocks sold-out concert

Press Photo by April Baumgarten Kat Perkins, a native of Scranton and a semifinalist on the NBC show “The Voice,” sings her rendition of “Let It Go” by Demi Lovato at the Burning Hills Amphitheater Friday during her concert in North Dakota. The song was one of her favorites while competing on the show, she told the crowd.1 / 12
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Press Photo by April Baumgarten Kat Perkins gets a hug from Sheila Schafer during a VIP session Friday at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center in Medora. Sheila Schafer is the widow of Harold Schafer, the North Dakota businessman who rejuvenated Medora and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre where Perkins performed Friday night. (Press Photo by April Baumgarten)3 / 12
Press Photo by April Baumgarten Scranton native and "The Voice" semifinalist Kat Perkins, shown Friday at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, said she was excited to come back to the place where her musical career started. The Medora Musical, which she performed in for five years, was sort of her college, she said.4 / 12
Press Photo by April Baumgarten Kat Perkins, left, says hello to Kambree Roth, held by her father, Troy, and sister Reagen, center, all of Bismarck, during a VIP session Friday at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center in Medora. (Press Photo by April Baumgarten)5 / 12
Press Photo by April Baumgarten One thing that rock star Kat Perkins wanted to do was make sure she thanked her fans and help others by inspiring them to follow their dreams. That included meeting fans at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center in Medora before her concert on Friday. Perkins signs a stuffed cat for Mandan resident Breanna Kingsley, right. 6 / 12
Press Photo by April Baumgarten Kat Perkins didn’t forget when two girls from Hazen asked for help. Below, Krista, left, and Kendra Slaubaugh, also known as Tigirlily, opened Perkins’ concert per her request.7 / 12
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MEDORA — Even Mother Nature knew how special Friday was for Medora — It was the day Kat Perkins came home.

The morning rain gave way to the rock singer and “Voice” semi finalist from Scranton, who played for a sold-out crowd. She credited her time with the Medora Musical, saying there was no better place to start her career than where it all began.

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“It was basically my college,” said Perkins, a former Burning Hills Singer of five years. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m so glad that my career started here.”

The concert was her first in North Dakota. Fans cheered her on as she sang songs from her run on “The Voice” and her new single, “Fearless,” which was released earlier this week. She said she couldn’t have reached her goals without the support of her fans.

“Not only did I do this show for my fans,” she said. “I am now standing here because of my fans.

Perkins said she hopes the weather holds out so she can sing for more today. Rain is forecasted throughout the day. Officials will not make a decision to postpone or cancel the concert until showtime. The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is in talks with Perkins to set an alternate concert date if she cannot perform.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.