In Nashville, doors are opening for Katie Ohh, the 23-year-old Powhatan Point native who sang her way to $1 million in August on "The Winner Is," but she's very much looking forward to the curtain rising at The Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.
Opening for Craig Morgan on Saturday night, Ohh is excited to be coming home to sing to an audience of familiar faces.
"It's going to be a great night," she said.
Ohh, the daughter of Terry and Sherrie Orlofske of Bellaire, is excited to "deliver what I've learned over the years to family and friends."
She played a lot of shows around the Ohio Valley while just a teen. She then obtained her nursing degree from Belmont Technical School (now Belmont College), before taking off for Los Angeles for a couple of years, then to Nashville in February.
In those years, she's learned a lot, she said.
"In L.A. and Nashville, being around people who do what I do all day, every day, I've been able to soak up what they do. ... I've improved as a vocalist and all-round entertainer," she said.
"It's the first time back since the show ("The Winner Is")," she said, and it's also her first time back home performing with her band since she moved out of the Ohio Valley in 2011.
Ohh went home a winner on the NBC series' first installment, then returned in the finale to take the $1 million prize.
"The exposure has been really great. Now I can move forward with my career," she said, which has been in limbo for the past 90 days because she was under contract with NBC/ Universal.
Winning the show has won her lots of new fans and it's "great to put on a resume. It gains attention," she said.
Mike Duplaga, owner of Generations, is bringing Saturday's show to The Capitol Theatre.
"I thought Katie was the absolute best fit for opening the show. I'm happy to be bringing her back home after her successful debut on NBC's 'The Winner Is.' I know from people I've talked with that she's making waves in Nashville," Duplaga said.
While Ohh's had the good fortune to become acquainted with a number of country artists over the years, she's not yet met Morgan. Although, she's heard they have something in common - their background in the health field. Ohh is an emergency room nurse at a Nashville hospital.
"He used to be an EMT/paramedic," she said. "I hope I can look forward to the future and see a glimpse of myself." While she loves nursing, a full-time music career is her goal.
During Saturday's show, Ohh will be wearing a custom-made "cool outfit" by Ani & Ari, two sisters who opened up a little shop in Nashville. They specialize in couture corsets.
"They've dressed Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert ... and many up-and-coming and prominent singers in Nashville," Ohh said.
On stage with Ohh will be her long-time guitarist Corey Congilio, as well as members of her old band from Pittsburgh, and on keyboard, a Pittsburgh native who now lives in Nashville.
"Corey and I have been playing together since I was just out of high school. I missed playing with him when I was in California, but it's great to have him in Nashville. ... We can read each other's minds when playing guitar - we have a good stage connection."
During Saturday's 45-minute set, the audience can expect to hear some new songs, songs from Ohh's EP and some cover tunes - "at least one or two they heard me sing on the show," she said.
"I'm so excited to see a crowd full of familiar faces. Everybody is coming! I'm so excited about that!"
For tickets, call 304-233-4470 or visit www.capitoltheatrewheeling. com.