June 24, 2011 · Updated 11:17 AM
MARYSVILLE — A Marysville-Pilchuck High School graduate is one of eight nationwide contestants with a shot at performing in the Rolling Stone Rock Room next year, but she'll need enough votes from the Internet to get there.
Carly Calbero, 19, is one of the street musicians with a shot at performing professionally in Austin, Texas, in 2012 as part of the Street to Stage contest jointly sponsored by Rolling Stone and Sprint.
Calbero was accepted into the Berkeley School of Music after graduating from M-PHS, but she's since honed her vocal and guitar skills on the streets of Seattle instead, due to Berkeley being too expensive.
In addition to performing in locations such as Pike Place Market, the singer and songwriter, who now lives in Everett, has taught herself how to put together her own recording studio, through research online and from a variety of books.
Calbero credits the streets with affording her an avenue to practice and develop an ear for her acoustics, and she appreciates the occasions when her audiences join in.
Sonja Wanichek, a self-described supporter of Calbero, described the young musician as possessing "a relentless passion to study music."
You can vote for Calbero online, or learn more about her, at www.rollingstone.com/sprintstreet/artists/carly-calbero.
Calbero also has her own Facebook page.