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Kara Adams Lindsey Pavao, a semifinalist on "The Voice," will help choose music to be played on Radio 94.7.

'The Voice' contestant takes job with Sacramento radio station

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1D
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 8:33 am

One year after becoming a semifinalist on Season 2 of NBC's "The Voice," singer-songwriter Lindsey Pavao is hitting the airwaves in a different way.

The Manteca native has accepted a position in music discovery and social media management with Radio 94.7 (KKDO, 94.7 FM), an alternative rock and variety station serving Sacramento.

"This is the most serendipitous moment, to be given opportunity to work here," Pavao said. "It's so weirdly perfect."

Since her last appearance on the reality television singing competition in May 2012, Pavao has been touring the Northwest, playing acoustic shows and writing songs for her upcoming album "The Symptom." She said her new position would not limit her artistic ambitions.

" 'The Voice' totally changed my perceptions of the possibility of what my life could be," Pavao said. "It opened my eyes to the idea that if you want something, work for it and ask for help when you need it. It taught me to trust my instincts."

A native of Northern California, Pavao left Manteca after high school to study psychology at UC Davis, where she performed in an acoustic duo. In 2009, she moved from Davis to Sacramento to study at CSUS.

She auditioned for "The Voice" in 2012, where she attracted the attention of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton with her slowed-down, Fiona Apple-style cover of Trey Songz' "Say Aah."

"I enjoyed every second of that, actually," Aguilera said after Pavao's audition.

" You have such a unique quality and tone to your voice."

Pavao chose to perform for Aguilera's team and put her own spin on songs such as "Heart Shaped Box" and "Skinny Love." Ultimately, Jermaine Paul from Shelton's team won the season's competition.

Pavao lived in Los Angeles after the show, but has since moved back to Sacramento. She said she is planning a national tour for "The Symptom," which is slated to be released later this summer.

"It's one of the beautiful things about Radio 94.7," she said. "They understand, and that's part of what makes them want me on this team. They know I'm a serious musician."

Pavao's older brother, Earl Pavao, said his youngest sister enjoys a demanding schedule.

"She and I are wired the same; we both require a heavy cognitive load at work," said Pavao, a Sacramento school district special education administrator.

In addition to managing Radio 94.7's social media, Pavao will organize "Perfect Playlists" – listener-submitted song lists the station selects to play on air. She will also introduce songs on air, represent Radio 94.7 at events and programs and help select new artists to play.

"The station plays a mix of a lot of different music," Pavao said. "It's eclectic. We play the songs people have enjoyed for years, and when we have a gut feeling about a song or people are talking about it, we want to expose people to that new music."

Radio 94.7 is a station without disc jockeys. Listeners can give feedback through text messages and social media, and fans can recommend new music by submitting playlists, a system Pavao said promotes the image of "the people's station."

"We want to have a place online for people to talk about music and opinions," she said. "We want to bring directly to listeners a one-on-one interaction, an interpersonal place where people can talk and have conversations about music."

Radio 94.7 ranks among Sacramento's top 10 radio stations, according to Arbitron, a Columbia, Md.-based media and marketing research firm.


Bands on Lindsey Pavao's personal playlist:

Broken Bells




Local Natives

Magic Man

Marina and the Diamonds


Tegan and Sara

Call The Bee's Morgan Searles, (916) 321-1102. Follow her in Twitter @morgansearles.

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