Monday, November 20, 2017

The Voice Season 13: The Top 12 Told "The Story"

Team Miley: Brooke Simpson sang Praying by Kesha-- I think it brought something powerful to Kesha's already meaningful song. I wanted more, but I loved what she did. Miley spoke a lot about how Brooke is so different than everyone else on the show.

Team Blake: Red Marlow sang Church on Cumberland Road by Shenandoah-- Adam said authenticity is number one for me, it needs to sound real and that's as good as it gets for me. Blake said I saw that performer side of you today. I completely agree with both coaches, I think what it comes down is the right song choice and performing it in a real way.

Team Jennifer: Shi'Ann Jones sang Vision of Love by Mariah Carey-- Hard to believe she is 15 years old. Her voice is so poised and mature for her age, and has so much control. Blake said you picked the perfect time to become the highlight of the show, that was so good. Jennifer said you're singing for your home and that touches my heart. Singing is your business and you sing from your heart, and that's why you can sing like that. 

Team Adam: Jon Mero sang Why I Love You by Major-- Jon's vocal reminded me so much of Prince, Miguel, Maxwell.... it's crazy. What a great song choice. Miley said when you teared up a little bit, it made me connect with you even more. Adam said that was even more amazing than I thought it was going to be, you're incredible.

Team Miley: Ashland Craft sang Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker-- The song was a little sleepy but I think Ashland is a major talent and I would be very surprised if she didn't make it into the next round. Miley said she and J Hud are her #1 and #2 fans, and that she has a great voice and is very talented.

Team Adam: Adam Cunningham sang Against All Odds by Phil Collins-- Bit of an odd song choice I thought. I didn't like the deviation from the original. Blake talked about how Adam messed up but rebounded. His coach Adam said this happens to all of us but you recovered well.

Team Blake: Chloe Kohanski sang Thank You by Dido-- She's very artsy as a vocalist, reminds me almost of like a Lady Gaga. I think it was a nice choice for her and she changed it and made it very "Chloe". Miley said I miss you on my team and you're a superstar. Blake said, I'll be damned, Chloe you're a star.

Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming sang Love on Top by Beyonce-- Love Davon, he's one of  my favorites in the competition, and took no issue with his vocal. However, I thought that the arrangement was a bit all over the place. Adam said it would literally take him 6 months to prepare for the performance Davon just did. He said he had no words and tossed his shoe. J Hud did the same and lost her shoe.

Team Adam: Addison Agen sang She Used to be Mine by Sara Bareilles-- Addison blew me away with something that is soulful and thoughtful. Miley said I was singing on a stage like you at 16, but I didn't have your stillness and your confidence. Adam said beyond how incredible your voice is, you're someone who can be an inspiration to so many young women. You're not just one of the most special singers in this competition but in this world.

Team Blake: Keisha Renee sang Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight-- The arrangement is beautiful and her vocals are beautiful. They're strong and true and every coach is on their feet. That was amazing! J Hud said I think we were all on that midnight train with you. Your heart was in it and the way you delivered that was everything. Blake said if you have ears and eyes and you didn't think that was beautiful, I don't know what to say. I am so excited to take this journey with you.

Team Jennifer: Noah Mac sang Speed of Sound by Coldplay-- I didn't love the arrangement or the song choice for Noah. That being said, he continues to produce captivating vocals. J Hud said he is totally a star.

Team Miley: Janice Freeman sang The Story by Brandi Carlisle-- Janice sings from a place of experience and life. She is another real contender in this competition. Blake said Brandi is somewhere in the world going what in the world?! Miley said I am in tears, I am so proud of you. You told the story and the story is yours.

Botton 3-- Adam, Davon, Shi'Ann

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Voice Season 13: Adam's Team was "Perfect" Tonight

Adam Cunningham sang Have a Little Faith in Me by Joe Cocker-- Adam is a star, he is such a performer, and how crazy was Blake letting him go? . J Hud said I felt your energy and your spirit. Blake said I'm not a fan of his but I am a fan of yours always.

COMEBACK CONTESTANT Whitney Fenimore sang If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crowe-- Blake felt she struggled with the front half of the song, but he hopes she moves forward. I agree, it seemed like she was having a pretty hard time staying on pitch. If she makes it forward I will be surprised.

Emily Luther sang Lovesong by The Cure (Adele cover)-- Emily Luther blew me away, what an impressive performance. Her voice was mesmerizing and captivating, I felt touched by that song, and she seemed to believe in it too which is so important. J Hud felt like it was a flawless performance and she felt her presence and personality. Adam called it amazing and said it shows people the soulful side of you.

Anthony Alexander sang Perfect by Ed Sherran-- This song fit his voice so well, and I felt like he took Adam's feedback well and worked on the song. I loved how he changed the second part of the song, and took some liberties there. It sounded authentic to him. Blake said I still detect a lot of nerves, but you are super talented. J Hud, your voice is so beautiful, and I felt like you were singing to me. Miley said you nailed it. Adam said you have a tremendous voice with tremendous potential.

Jon Mero sang When We Were Young by Adele-- Adam is going to have some tough choices tonight because that was another strong performance. Jon always taps into emotions. Blake said your voice is like a laser and it cuts through everything, you're more than ready for this. J Hud said everyone should be looking to have a moment like that on this stage. Adam said he did excellent.. 

Addison Agen sang Angel from Montgomery by John Prine-- That was such a heartfelt performance. All the coaches were rightfully on their feet, so beautiful. Blake said I love Addison, and Adam said too bad she's mine. Blake said you are both with the understanding of how to convey a lyrical message, and if you don't move forward, I'm gonna have someone cut Adam's breaks. J Hud said I want to learn everything about you. Adam said you're so special in a very profound way, I adore you.

My Picks: Emily, Addison, and either Adam or Anthony
Adam's Picks: Addison, Jon, Adam

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Voice Season 13: The Playoffs-- Team J. Hud, and Team Blake

Team Jennifer: 

Davon Fleming sang I am Changing by Dreamgirls-- Davon's voice is just incredible, it soars, and evokes emotion. Wow, the range is not even real, showstopping! All the coaches are on their feet, rightfully so, I have tears coming down my face. Adam said that song is beyond a challenge, I hated that performance cause it wasn't on my team. Blake said you're a pretty good singer, why are we even talking to you right now, you should be getting in your limo right now. 

Hannah Mrozak sang Learn to Let Go by Kesha-- Emotional performance, but I didn't think the song stood out enough. Jennifer said she is the dark horse of her team. 

COMEBACK CONTESTANT: Lucas Holliday sang The Beautiful Ones by Prince-- Lucas Holliday deserved to be able to give this type of performance. I am just smiling ear to ear, Lucas's vocal was out of the box. Adam said it is one of his favorite songs ever. Blake said I liked it, I wanna see it again and again. Jennifer said that's how you come back. 

Shi'Ann Jones sang Tattooed Heart by Ariana Grande-- I think she does need more time, there is tons of potential there but she would benefit from more training. She has that whistle range that Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande have, that's rare and that's talent. Blake said you are my favorite person on someone else's team. Jennifer is proud of her for taking every liberty in her moment. 

Chris Weaver sang California Soul by Marlena Shaw-- This did not impress me as much as his initial performance. I think he and Jen thought this would hit in the same way that Try a Little Tenderness did, and it didn't. He is super talented, I just think this was the wrong song. Blake was looking for a softer side to Chris. 

Noah Mac sang Coming in the Air Tonight by Phil Collins-- Noah has a hypnotic voice. I cannot believe he's 17 years old! He's very clearly beyond his years. His low register is so developed but his full voice is too, not even possible. Miley said he is such a great performer. Adam said this was a breakout performance. Blake said I'm the guy that had Noah on my Team and let him go. Jennifer said you are a star. 

My three picks: Davon, Lucas, Noah
Jennifer's picks: Davon, Noah, Shi'Ann

Team Blake:

Red Marlow sang Chiseled in Stone by Vern Gosdin-- This guy is already a star, I felt like I was at his country concert over the summer outdoors. Jen said you have such strong presence. Miley said I wish you were on my team, you have such a great chance of winning this show. I love your voice so much. Adam said you tapped into truth and trust when you sing, thank you, I'm a fan. Blake said the fact that you wanna represent that era of country music is amazing. 

Chloe Kohanski sang Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper-- Chloe has this unique rasp in her voice. I loved it. It was a great song choice for her too. Jennifer said you remind me of Madonna, Gwen, and Miley, but you're still yourself. Blake said I have tons of respect for the type of artist you are, you were really good. 

COMEBACK CONTESTANT Natalie Stovall sang Callin' Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks-- I'm not loving this performance. I felt like it was a little corny, and Adam hinted at that. Blake commented about how infectious her performance was, and it was great to see how happy she was. She was definitely the right artist for him to bring back. 

Esera Tuaolo sang How Do I Live by Leann Rimes-- I agree with Blake that he has not mastered technique yet, but that being said, there is something so likable about Esera, even through the pitch issues. Adam said get control of your nerves and your vocal performance will be even stronger. Blake said you have this beautiful high voice, and you're a football player. 

Mitchell Lee sang Heaven by Bryan Adams-- I felt like he pulled off that performance, that is a hard song, but it was strong. Miley liked the performance and felt like he showed what he needed to. Blake felt key-wise, that was as high as they could go. 

Keisha Renae sang Love Can Build a Bridge by The Judds-- That performance was so moving and powerful. Keisha expressed herself so beautifully and connected so well with that song. Jennifer said you are the bridge of gospel and country. Adam said I have never heard a version of that song done like that. Blake said I love you Keisha, that song is iconic and you took it to another level, I'm in your fan club. 

My picks: Red, Chloe, Keisha
Blake's picks: Keisha, Red, Chloe

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Voice Season 13: Have "Mercy" it's the Knockouts

Team Jennifer: Chris Weaver singing I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins vs. Katrina Rose singing Zombie by the Cranberries-- Both performances were knockouts for sure! I loved the confidence both of them had, and the strength in their vocals. Miley said, I think it would be hard for J. Hud Productions to give up Chris Weaver. Adam said Chris you're like a laser beam and Katrina you're a flame thrower. Blake said Katrina, I went there with you. Jennifer said Chris you're a freight train, and Blake said at BS Prods we call it a tidal wave.
Jennifer chose Chris

Team Blake: Megan Rose singing Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood vs. Red Marlow singing Outskirts of Heaven by Craig Campbell-- Red is such a real performer, he is completely true to who he is. Megan was great, but she was no match for Red. He's the real deal. Adam said Red when you sing there's no BS, and Megan the notes you were hitting were wow. Miley said, Red I'm your biggest fan, and Megan you came from my team and you're strong. Blake said Megan what a voice, and Red you represent a time in country music that goes back about 15 years ago.
Blake chose Red

Team Adam: Anthony Alexander singing Mercy by Shawn Mendes vs. Hannah Mrozak Love on the Brain by Rihanna-- Loved both, but for me, I'd need to go with Anthony, he moved me. Blake said he felt some of the low notes got away from Anthony and he would go with Hannah. Miley said she wanted Hannah to have more confidence, and with Anthony, all the things you would want to see when you go to someone's concert, you have. Adam said you both have some tweaks that need to be made.
Adam chose Anthony, Jennifer stole Hannah

I'm loving Anthony and Red

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Voice Season 13: There's Glitter in the Air for the Knockouts

Team Miley: Brooke Simpson singing Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin vs. Stephan Marcellus singing Impossible by Shontelle-- Miley said Brooke needs to bring the swag and Stephan needs to be confident. I liked both of them, I think they're equally talented. Brooke has the slightly stronger voice, but Stephan is the stronger performer. Miley can't go wrong with whoever she chooses. I almost wish both could move forward. Adam said it's rare that someone who is a 4 chair turn who gets better in the blinds. He also loves what Stephan wear and thinks he has stage presence. Miley said Brooke's voice is powerful, she said Stephan you have had a tough journey on this show, but you can sing.
Miley chose Brooke

Team Blake: Anna Catherine DeHart singing Breathe by Faith Hill vs. Mitchell Lee singing I'll Be by Edwin McCain-- Mitchell has so much confidence onstage, I loved the way he changed up the song, those little nuances were so perfect. I think he also has so much stage presence, impressive! Anna Catherine was actually really good, she definitely pulled off a very vocally tough song. J. Hud loved Anna's ease, and Mitchell you have so much swag. Miley loved how seasoned Mitchell is as a performer, and loves the sound that Anna is bringing to country music. Adam thought Mitchell's performance made up for the pitch issues he had. Blake said, Mitchell the way you worked the crowd. you made me feel "melty", and Anna Catherine you bring something to country music that we need more of.
Blake chose Mitchell

Team Jennifer: Jeremiah Miller singing Sorry by Justin Bieber vs. Noah Mac singing Hold Back the River by James Bay-- I liked Jeremiah's performance, but Noah had this performance. His low notes to full voice sounded "dope" like Miley said. Adam said Noah, what you do is special. Blake said Noah, I feel like a moron, I never should have let you go. Jen said Jeremiah it's tricky when you pick out a Justin Bieber because you should be carving out your own lane. Noah, you're kinda beyond your years.
Jennifer chose Noah

Team Blake: Kathrina Feigh singing Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys vs. Keisha Renae singing I Hope You Dance by Leann Womack--  I thought both ladies were confident and strong. I would lean towards Keisha because she clearly knows who she is and there is a niche for someone like her in country music. I could even see her transcending the country music genre. Jen said, Blake it depends if you wanna dance or be on fire. Blake said, when I dance I actually look like I'm on fire. Adam said Kathrina you're scrappy, definitely a fighter. Blake said Kathrina you're an incredible talent. Keisha you're such a thoughtful performer, you think about every lyric.
Blake chose Keisha

Team Adam: Dylan Gerard vs Jon Mero singing Blame it on the Boogie by The Jackson 5-- Adam chose Jon

Team Miley: Moriah Formica singing Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson vs. Whitney Fenimore singing Calling All Angels by Train-- Moriah was bad ass singing that Kelly Clarkson song, the high notes at the end were perfectly executed. She has so much maturity for her age. Whitney is a storyteller, she really elevated this song. Adam said you two destroyed this, I refuse to decide. Whitney, your voice was shockingly clear, but Moriah your performance was fierce. Jen said, Moriah, I wouldn't wanna go against you, you're a star, and Whitney,  I didn't want your performance to end.
Miley chose Moriah

Team Adam: Emily Luther singing Glitter in the Air by Pink vs. Adam Pearce singing Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple-- I was digging Adam's performance, he was true to who he is as an artist and it sounded great. I always seem to use the word authentic for rockers, but it was.  Emily is a great singer, but I feel like I don't know her, and Adam hinted at this in his comments. Blake said for him Emily won the knockout. Jen said Adam, your last note, what was that; Emily, your performance was really beautiful. Miley said, Adam, I felt more nerves today, and Emily, you sang incredibly.
Adam chose Emily and Miley stole Adam

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Voice Season 13: Mercy Me, It's the Knockouts!

Team Blake-- Esera Tuaolo singing Superstar by Leon Russell vs. Adam Cunningham singing Either Way by Chris Stapleton-- Jen said Esera you captured the moment, Adam you captivated me, and that felt like your song. Miley said the simplicity of your performance Adam was beautiful, you made it about your voice. Adam said Adam you won for your fans and Esera you made everyone, a fan or not, tune into you. Both of these artists are so incredible, and both so worthy of moving forward. Jen is right, Adam is absolutely captivating. Esera has that big, beautiful, powerful voice!
Blake chose Esera and Adam stole Adam!

Team Jennifer-- Lucas Holliday singing Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville vs. Shi'Ann singing Who's Loving You by Michael Jackson-- Miley said she loves Lucas but Shi'Ann won the knockout. Adam said Lucas is a freak and he only likes freaks. Blake felt Shi'Ann's vocal was very controlled and didn't think Lucas was as much.
Jennifer chose Shi'Ann

Team Adam-- Addison Agen singing Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth vs. Dennis Drummond singing All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix-- I am a fan of Addison's voice, but that song did nothing for her. It just wasn't a great choice. Already Dennis is my choice, he has rasp and authenticity in his voice. He knows who he wants to be as an artist. His guitar playing was great. Blake felt vocally Addison took that. Jennifer said Addison your voice sings that song, and Dennis your presence onstage is amazing. Miley said don't stop singing Addison, and Dennis you're the whole package, sick guitar player. Adam said you play the guitar from the heart Dennis, you're really talented. Addison, when you sing it feels like everything is going to be okay.
Adam chose Addison

Team Miley-- Janice Freeman singing I'm Goin' Down by Mary J. Blige vs. Karli Webster singing Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt-- Karli's voice sounded stunning. She has such a beautiful and distinct tone to her voice, and she seemed connected to the song.  Janice sang her heart out on that song. What a raw performance! Adam said I'm in love with both of you, Janice, you tell a story. Blake said you are both at the top of your game in your respective lanes. Jennifer said you both held your own. Miley said she is proud to be their coach.
Miley chose Janice

Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming singing I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe vs. Eric Lyn singing What's Goin' On by Marvin Gaye-- Eric's rendition of the song is jazz perfection, it's very styled from top to bottom. It's pleasing and impressive to listen to. Davon brought me somewhere else, his voice was just heaven sent. Adam said Davon you make me feel bad about myself, and Eric you're like another creature, I feel like you could lift off and fly away. Blake said I felt like I needed to hide my drink cause I was at church, you transformed the room. Jen said I take my hat off to both of you, you're both extremely gifted.
Jennifer chose Davon

Team Miley: Ashland Craft singing Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi vs. Chloe Kohanski singing Landslide by Fleetwood Mac-- Ashland is singing one of my fave ever songs. Of course, she put a feminine spin on it. She made it fierce. Chloe's performance was a little sleepy, but I thought the song choice was powerful. Blake said Ashland that was another pitch perfect performance, and Chloe, you're definitely connected to that song.
Miley chose Ashland and Jennifer and Blake stole Chloe.... Chloe chose Blake

I am looking out for Adam Cunningham, Janice Freeman, Davon Fleming, and Ashland Craft ;-)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Voice Season 13: It's a Wrap on the Battles

Team Blake: Adam Cunningham vs. Natalie Stovall singing Boondocks by Little Big Town-- Natalie's voice was similar to Carrie Underwood but Adam's stage presence and vocal prowess can't be denied. Jen says that Natalie is cool looking but she'd go with Adam. Adam is also pro Adam and points out his strong stage presence. 
Blake chose Adam

Team Jennifer: Eric Lyn vs. Ignatious Carmouche singing Unaware by Allen Stone-- Their voices were so unique yet so familiar to me. I was in love with this performance. I wish both of them could go through. Adam said I would stay with Ignatious cause you're a work in progress that knows no bounds. Blake felt Eric had more control in his voice, and that maybe Ignatious went off the rails a little bit. 
Jen chose Eric 

Team Miley: Ashland Craft vs. Megan Rose singing A Good Hearted Woman by LeAnn Rimes-- Both ladies are so powerful. Adam is still bummed that neither was on his team. Blake felt it was a pretty even battle. Jen felt that Ashland had the more standout voice. 
Miley chose Ashland and Blake stole Megan