By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Nicholas David (Mrozinski), a native of Eagan, has made it to the top three finalists on “The Voice” Tuesday night.
“The Voice” is an NBC reality program where singers perform several auditions for four judges. The first is unseen and the judges choose singers to be on their team by their voice only. The second pits team members against each other and in the third phase, top singers on each team compete against each other. The winner receives a recording contract.
On Monday, his fiancé, Krista Balaski, formerly from Little Falls, was in the audience as he sang “You Are So Beautiful.”
“I met Nick through a friend from Duluth,” said Balaski, “I went to hear him play and Nick was playing with him.”
Balaski graduated from Little Falls Community High School in 1997. Her parents, Gary Karnowski and Bev Balaski still live in Little Falls and she said she is still in contact with many of her friends.
“I was very involved in sports in school, plus took the post secondary option at Central Lakes College in Brainerd,” she said.
After graduation, Balaski moved to Duluth where she received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She then received her master’s degree in mental health therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist.
She and Mrozinski have two children and one on the way.
Balaski said that when her fiancé got on The Voice, it changed their lives.
“I have the professional job and he was the stay-at-home dad,” she said. “He had his gigs at night, would get home at 4 a.m. and would get up with the kids in the morning when I went to work. But that has all changed now.”
Balaski now needs child care for the first time.
“It’s been a roller coaster for the family,” Balaski said. “Our eldest is in kindergarten, so it hasn’t been too much of a change for him not to have his dad around. But our youngest misses dad a lot.”
Mrozinski’s first auditions were in March in Chicago. Then over the summer, he was gone for six weeks. Since October, he has been gone all the time.
“Except for last night (Thursday, Dec. 6), when he was home to play at the Mall of America, we have not seen much of each other,” said Balaski. “If he wins, he said it will allow us to have more time together; more of a family life.”
Balaski said she now appreciates single parents more than ever before.
“I am taking one day at a time,” she said.
If Mrozinski wins the competition, Balaski said the family structure will change.
“I may stay at home with the three children,” she said. “Nick said he would live in both California and Minnesota, traveling back and forth. He said he would not move the family to Los Angeles.”
Balaski said Mrozinski is exactly what people see on the television.
“He is a very spiritual person and sets aside time to pray every day. He is very genuine,” she said. “His appeal is that he’s caring, warm and great with the kids. He’s a kid at heart and what you see is what you get.”
Mrozinski plays a variety of genres including folk, blues, reggae and New Age. He has released five CDs and has performed at both First Avenue and the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis, among other venues.
Balaski said his friends call him “Nick the Feelin’” because he does care so much.
“The kids will put on his hats and run around the house saying, ‘I’m Nick the Feelin’,” she said.