TARBORO, N.C. (WITN) – A singing Tarboro Wal-Mart cashier made it to the third round of “Amateur Night at the Apollo” before being eliminated.
We first met Sirena Pitt on Nov. 4 when she shared how her singing as a Walmart cashier helped her raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. She said singing at the Tarboro Wal-Mart also helped her break out of her shell.
She auditioned for Amateur Night at the Apollo back in August. She had to place in two showcases to move forward. She then made it to the actual show in New York. Pitt placed second in rounds one and two before being eliminated in round three last week.
Pitt isn’t giving up on her dream. She plans to audition on NBC’s The Voice next.
An eastern Carolina woman is getting a chance to further her dream after using her voice in a unique way at her job.
Sirena Pitt is a cashier, known as “Walmart Girl,” on social media. She works at the Wal-Mart in Tarboro.
She has already been through a few auditions and performed on stage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
Now, as she continues through the competition, she shared how performing at her job helped break her out of her shell.
Customers at Wal-Mart are getting a unique experience at the checkout counter.
“I was on my break one day humming and my co-worker heard me and told me to sing,” Pitt said.
Her singing quickly became a hit with customers and staff who saw it as a way to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.
Pitt would wear a sign saying “If you donate to CMN I’ll sing to you.” It dramatically boosted the store’s donations.
Not only did CMN donations increase, but her online popularity did as well.
One video of “Walmart Girl” has over 3.5 million views.
It was the singing for customers that helped this self-proclaimed “shy bug” spread her wings and audition for the chance of a lifetime.
“I had no choice to sing when they gave me the sign so it brought me out of my shell a little bit,” said Pitt.
Out of her shell and right into a grueling audition process in Durham. She survived three rounds there before auditioning in New York for a spot on Amateur Night at the Apollo.
She performed in the first round of the show on Oct. 28, placing second.
The next step is the second part of the competition in Harlem on Nov. 11.
She’s trying to raise money through a GoFundMe account to help pay for it.
And she’s still working at Walmart, so if you’re in Tarboro and you have to shop, she might sing to you on your way out of the door.