Real-life couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani tousled over just one act on Tuesday’s edition of “The Voice” and neither ended up with her. Instead, Vanessa Ferguson chose to go with Alicia Keys who was also impressed with her rendition of “Don’t Let Me Down,” the 2016 hit for The Chainsmokers (watch above).
Although five-time champ Shelton tried to convince Ferguson to fly with him by pointing out his successful mentoring of other young talents, in the end Keys succeeded by connecting with her on a more personal level. The 31-year-old from Greensboro, NC spoke movingly of her admiration for the singer/songwriter.
As per her official NBC bio: “Vanessa grew up singing with her family. Raised by her grandmother, she enrolled in piano lessons at age five and competed in her first competition in fifth grade. She moved in with her mother at age 13 and began taking songwriting seriously. After being diagnosed with endometriosis, she was hospitalized monthly and poured her heart into music. In 2011, she lived in Beijing, performing six nights a week at the LAN Club, and later toured the world on the Holland America cruise line for five months with the B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band. For the past 11 years, Vanessa has made money strictly from gigging and touring.”