Anybody watching at home just knew that Blake Shelton would use one of his two steals on the loser of this battle. For Tuesday’s final battle round of “The Voice” for Season 13, rival coach Miley Cyrus matched up Ashland Craft vs. Megan Rose on the country classic “Good Hearted Woman” by the legendary Waylon Jennings (watch above). Miley chose to keep Ashland on her team headed in to next week’s knockout round, while Megan joins Team Blake going forward.
Our contributing writer Denton Davidson had the following commentary about Ashland and had her second in his overall power rankings: “Ashland just barely squeaked out a win in this battle, but it was well-deserved. Vocally, she pulled off this old country classic with believable conviction. But what sets Ashland apart is her gritty, rough-around-the-edges attitude. Stomping her way across the stage in her cowboy boots, Ashland didn’t care about looking polished. And that makes her fun and exciting to watch.”
Of the singers on Tuesday’s show, Benutty thought Megan had the third best performance: “Megan may have lost this battle, but she still has time to win the war after being picked up by Blake. She’s comfortable on stage and has a very clear tone that cuts like a knife. I couldn’t help but think of LeAnn Rimes while watching her perform. After being completely forgotten after the blind auditions, Megan made a statement worth remembering with this performance.”
According to the NBC official bio for Ashland: “Ashland comes from a small town where there aren’t a lot of musical opportunities. Her father has been a mechanic his whole life and has always believed in Ashland’s dream of being a musician. He even built her a music studio in the back of his garage in order to help her reach her goals, which has definitely helped her develop as an artist. Currently, Ashland has a steady gig at a local honky-tonk, Wendell’s Dippin Branch, where she is the lead singer of the house band. Though she loves her job, Ashland is hoping The Voice can help her prove that it’s possible to make it no matter where you’re from.”
And the NBC official bio for Megan says: “Megan’s dad is her biggest musical inspiration and was a natural musician who could play anything by ear. When she was younger, she discovered that her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis before she was born. Megan attends San Francisco State University while trying to pursue a career in music. She performs in and around school, singing the national anthem or performing at live events around campus. She has even sung at the San Francisco Half Marathon. It’s difficult pursuing a career in country music while living in San Francisco as there’s not much opportunity for country music artists in the area. Her dream is to move to Nashville after college to pursue her love for country music.”
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