It looks like the Hampton husband-and-wife duo of Zach Moats and Megan Sloggie Moats have impressed talent scouts working for NBC's "The Voice."
No official announcement has been made, but social media chatter suggests that an audition in Philadelphia on Sunday went well for the couple, known locally as leaders of the jam band The Dharma Initiative.
"We made it!" Megan Moats posted to her Facebook page late Monday. "Let's not say anything specific on this thread just in case we're not allowed to ... but we made it to the next round haha! We need to be in Philly again Thursday for the next round of auditions ... We need more of your good vibes, so keep 'em coming! Woohooooooooo!"
The website for "The Voice" shows that initial auditions were held in Philadelphia Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12. "The Voice," of course, is the enormously popular sing-off show that has featured celebrity judges Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green. A sixth season of the show begins Feb. 24 with singers Shakira and Usher taking over the judge spots vacated by Aguilera and Green.
In addition to playing with The Dharma Initiative, Zach and Megan Moats perform as a duo called The Lovecats. That's the name they're using to pursue a spot on "The Voice."
I asked Megan Moats what inspired the run for reality-television glory. "The Voice" hasn't featured much jam-band talent so far.
"We love pop music, too," she wrote in an email. "We've just been more specifically influenced by experimental music, so that's the route we took with the band. Zach and I have always wanted to be singer/songwriters first and foremost, but we love just playing, too."
The couple were married in 2012. In a recent interview published by AltDaily, Megan Moats said blending family and performing has worked out well so far.
"Being married and making music together is a dream come true," she told David Kleinman with AltDaily. "We both agree that nothing could be better. Zach often randomly looks at me and simply says, 'We're in a band together. That's so awesome.' Doing the duo together is really cool, too. We get to focus more on our vocal harmonies and it's helping us grow a lot in that regard."
In other news, The Dharma Initiative is scheduled to make a music video at The Hampton Taphouse on Saturday, Jan. 25.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun