It was a battle between coaches Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine to see who would get strong contender Whitney Fenimore for Season 13 of “The Voice.” She ultimately chose to join Adam since he is one of her favorite artists, but Miley made a great push by saying she wants an all-girl team this year. What mostly get their attention was the folk version of the Drake song “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (watch the video above) on Monday’s Night 5 of the blind auditions.
NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Voice” premiered Monday, September 25, with the first blind auditions of this season. We offered fun, exciting live blogs for that episode plus a second night on that Tuesday, a third installment on Monday, October 2, a fourth night on Tuesday, October 3, and this week’s fifth night on Monday, October 9.
For this performance (watch above) of the two-hour episode, our contributing writer John Benutty said in his power rankings item: “Adam has a pretty good track record with singer-songwriter female artists and though Whitney isn’t exactly that, she has that sort of essence that gels well with Adam’s. As is always the case with artists as niche as Whitney, song choice is going to be key, but I get the sense that she’s willing to experiment and expand her point of view throughout the competition. My only hesitation of calling her one of the best of the night is whether or not her voice is big enough to really blow the audience away week to week.”
According to her NBC bio about the 28-year-old from Oklahoma: “Whitney grew up in Tulsa singing in the church and playing in different Christian bands. After college, Whitney moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Realizing she wanted to reach a bigger audience, she started playing mainstream music. Unfortunately, the stress of trying to make it alone in Los Angeles sent Whitney into depression and anxiety. She started experiencing frequent panic attacks while performing, and eventually her dad had to come to LA and take her back home. After six months of recuperation and with the support of her family, Whitney found music again. She started playing in local coffee shops back home and finally has the confidence for something bigger. The Voice is the second chance she needs to pick up her music career.”
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