On Tuesday’s Top 12 results episode of “The Voice,” Alicia Keys did not perform with her team but went solo with a scorching rendition of “Holy War” (watch above). The plan had been for her to sing “Blended Family (What You Do for Love),” the debut single from her new album “Here.” And while she did open with a few bars from that track sang a capella, she segued into this stirring anthem. As she explained, “Due to the current climate, there is only one song I can sing, and that’s ‘Holy War.”
Rather than using her three contestants — Christina Cuevas, We McDonald and Sa’Rayah — Keys relied on her long-time backing vocalists Raii and Whitney Smith for support as she played the piano and sang. Rival coach Adam Levine strummed the acoustic guitar, which only added to the effect. Among the potent lyrics of “Holy War,” penned by Keys, Carlo Montagnese and Billy Walsh: “Maybe we should love somebody, Oh maybe we could care a little more, So maybe we should love somebody, Instead of polishing the bombs of holy war.”
And the songs performed by the two coaches with their teams also conveyed messages of hope that resonate in these uncertain times.
Prior to playing guitar for Keys, Levine had raised his voice in song with his three team members — Brendan Fletcher, Josh Gallagher and Billy Gilman — on a stirring rendition of “For What It’s Worth. Stephen Stills wrote this anthem of the student protest movement for his group Buffalo Springfield back in 1966.
And Miley Cyrus was joined by Ali Caldwell, Aaron Gibson and Darby Walker for the uplifting There’ll Always Be Music.” Dolly Parton wrote this toe-tapping ditty for “Love & Music,” her tenth duet album with Porter Wagoner that was released in 1973.