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      Local musician could take national stage on 'The Voice'

      Traverse City native Ryan Whyte Maloney has followed his passion for music to Los Angeles to audition for NBC's 'The Voice.'

      Ryan Whyte Maloney fell in love with music at a young age and never looked back, as his career has taken him to Las Vegas, and, more recently, Los Angeles to audition for NBC's 'The Voice.'

      Ryan is a Traverse City native and he has worked tirelessly to make a name for himself in the music industry.

      In 2001, Ryan joined other local musicians to form the band Indulge. After playing throughout Michigan for a while, the group moved to Las Vegas in hopes of furthering their career, but eventually disbanded.

      Ryan was the sole member to stick with his passion, but had to switch up his musical style a bit. He was eventually persuaded to switch from rock to country and formed The Ryan Whyte Maloney Band.

      UpNorthLive sat down with Ryan's family and friends to discuss his journey.

      "Ryan was very different," said his mother, Robin Maloney. "He went to West Junior High, kids made fun of him for how he was because he was a unique individual; he still is. He doesn't do anything that anyone else does, he just follows his own inner-self and he just never listened to all those people that would say, 'You're going to be in music?' and they would always tell him, 'You don't need to do music, you'll never make it.' And he's always had that in the back of his head, so he told every single person: You can make it."

      Now, Ryan is hoping to make an impact on 'The Voice,' but we won't know how he does until the new season begins because of a strict confidentiality agreement. 'The Voice' returns to NBC on Monday, February 24th.