Alicia Keys is trying to win her first coaching championship on “The Voice,” and Tuesday’s episode might have brought her the perfect singer to compete for her team in Season 12. Our writer John Benutty discusses the six artists from this latest episode with his power rankings for the blind auditions. His favorite of the evening is Chris Blue, a 26-year-old Tennessee native who performed the Smokey Robinson classic hit “The Tracks of My Tears” (watch above). He says: “Chris became the final artist to join Team Alicia almost as instantly as the first note of the song crossed Alicia’s ear. Alicia was waiting for a bluesy, soul voice to come along and Chris filled that exact void. Had the other teams not already filled up, I think Chris could have been a highly sought after four-chair turn.”
The NBC bio for Blue gives more details about his life and career: “Chris grew up in a family of seven in a tiny house. His mother decided to put the family in a band called the Blue Family, where they sang at local churches. It later became the Blue Brothers and they performed across the Midwest and later at the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET. After high school, Chris worked various jobs and even attempted to go back to school. For the past six years, he has worked as a worship leader. During this time, he met his fiancée, Stephanie, who is from England. They have been in a long-distance relationship ever since. She’s been battling bone marrow cancer for most of her life and flatlined during surgery recently. It’s hard on Chris, who has been struggling with not being there through the hard times.”
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