Local 'The Voice' contestant calls performance 'life-changing'

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Local "The Voice" contestant Matthew Brea sings a song in his McDonough home. The 16-year-old didn't make the cut, but became an instant hit during his national debut.

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- He wasn't selected to sing with Cee-Lo or Christina Aguilera, but 16-year-old Matthew Brea is already making quite a name for himself.

The Luella High School junior wowed America Monday night, appearing on NBC's "The Voice," singing The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." 

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His first notes brought the crowd to their feet, but weren't enough to convince a judge to push that red button. Brea was not selected for a team, but says he had a perfect experience.

"You're on the stage with these four legends," he said. "To be able to shake their hands is just...oh gosh, I'm still in la-la land!"

Brea, also an avid piano player, started singing when he was just a toddler, trying to keep up with his dad (a member of acapella group.) Brea recorded his first CD at age 11. 

The young singer says he's busy focusing on his voice lessons and learning from his national debut. He says singing on "The Voice" was just the beginning; look for his music on iTunes one day in the near future!

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