NBC’s Emmy winner “The Voice” is back in full force for Season 12. For Monday’s premiere, our writer Denton Davidson offers his power rankings for the 11 artists with the first blind auditions of the year. One of his favorite contenders is Lauren Duski, a 25-year-old Michigan native singing “You Were Meant For Me.” He says: “The unique tone of this country singer is what will continue to make her stand out from other country stars this season. Vocally, she incorporates pop and soul into her sound and was able to convince Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani to all turn their chairs (but not Alicia Keys). After a strong debate between the coaches, Duski went the predictable country route in choosing Blake as her coach.”
For one of this season’s major artists, here is her official NBC bio: “At a young age, Lauren entered many karaoke competitions, leading to several years of touring Michigan and performing classic country hits with JR Country Band. They opened for Lonestar, Randy Travis and Bill Anderson. From age 12 through college, she gave up on music to focus on becoming a dentist. She met independent filmmaking couple Ann Gillis and husband Marvin, and they encouraged her to move to Nashville, taking Lauren under their wing. After Ann was diagnosed with ALS, Lauren felt the need to give back to her by becoming her full-time caretaker.”
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