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Emilee Allan, of Edwardsburg, returns to The Lerner Theatre's stage with country music band Scarletta

Scarletta, which was named one of Billboard’s top 10 country artists to watch, will play at The Lerner Theatre Thursday, Sept. 18. 

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Emilee Allan stepped to the front of the crowd in a smoky bar on karaoke night, and the fear set in. She was a maybe a little bit too young for the spotlight and the scene. But grandpa came to the rescue, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.

Joe Cronin joined her at the mic. He started singing. Of all things, it was a Shania Twain song. And Emilee joined in and knocked it out.

Behind That Curtain is a community blog for The Elkhart Truth written by Trevor Wendzonka, the marketing manager for The Lerner Theatre and SoMa.

“Grandpa saw something in me when I was really young,” says Allan, now the personable and carefree lead singer of Scarletta, which will perform Thursday night, Sept. 18, at Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre. “He and my grandma used to babysit me, but I was a mama’s girl through and through, and I didn’t like being away from her.

“One day, grandpa bought me my first karaoke machine, and from then on, I was comfortable there and loved going over. He’d sing Shania songs all the time – he was so great about it.”

Growing up as Emily Woodill in Edwardsburg, Allan always wanted a career in music. Thanks to the encouragement of her dad, David, she started making connections and set off for Nashville. One valuable connection turned out to be Preston Brust of the LoCash Cowboys – while the name and the group might not be familiar, he collaborated in writing “You Gonna Fly,” a No. 1 hit for Keith Urban in 2011.

Brust called Allan to see if she was interested in trying out as a vocalist for Benji Harris and Nathan Stoops in Scarletta.

“I hadn’t talked with Preston for a year when he called me out of the blue. He said these guys really need a singer - I literally met them on a Tuesday, rehearsed on Wednesday and went on the road with them Thursday,” Allan says. “By Sunday, after three shows, they said I could have the job if I wanted it.