GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - An ECU student will perform a duet with country music superstar Keith Urban in Raleigh Friday.
According to a release from East Carolina University, sophomore Kasey Tyndall taught herself how to play guitar at 10 years old, and has been singing and strumming ever since. On Friday night, she will perform a duet with Urban at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre as a part of Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" tour.
ECU said Tyndall found out on Wednesday that will get to sing with Urban, by winning a contest held by Raleigh's 94.7 WQDR. Singers called in to the radio station and sang Miranda Lambert's part to Urban's hit, "We Were Us."
"I called in. They recorded it, sent to Keith Urban's team, and they picked me," Tyndall told ECU. "So Friday night, he'll announce me and I'll go out and sing that song with him."
Tyndall -- who is pursuing a major in nursing at ECU-- has performed at local festivals and opened for country music artist Jason Michael Carroll at a show in Louisburg. But she has never been on a stage as large as the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. She has not performed "We Were Us" live before either, said ECU.
But Tyndall said she is not nervous and is looking forward to the opportunity.
"[Urban will] play it exactly like he does on iTunes so I know how many measures before I come in. And I'm sure if I have a moment, he'll give me a nod," Tyndall said. "The more people, the less nervous I am. It's going to be fun."
Tyndall's father, Keith Tyndall of Nashville, N.C., will be backstage. Her mom, Teresa Martin, has a ticket to the show, along with about 15 other family members and friends.
"My family went crazy buying tickets. They are so excited," Tyndall said.
"I'm very proud of her. Not just her music, but the person that she is," said Tyndall's mom. "She's down-to-earth and she's a good kid."
Tyndall told ECU that although she wants to be a nurse and already has her Nursing Aide I license, she has always been passionate about singing.
"I tried out for The Voice and American Idol, but a lot of it is not if you can sing or not, it's about the marketing and if you have a good story, Tyndall said.
Tyndall was born in rocky Mount and moved to Greenville before sixth grade. She is a graduate of D.H. Conley High School.