The eighth of the nine battles on the March 27 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Gwen Stefani‘s artists — Jozy Bernadette and Troy Ramey — against each other. For their battle song, Stefani chose “Angel Eyes.” The Jeff Healey Band had a big hit in 1989 with this track off their first album, “See the Light.”
We didn’t get to see much of this match-up on the show, which went to Ramey. Neither Alicia Keys nor Adam Levine opted to steal Bernadette for their teams; Blake Shelton already had a full slate by that point. Watching it online, Ramey has the edge over Bernadette in the duet as he conveys the emotion underlying the lyrics.
When Ramey did his blind audition on March 6, he went with “Wild World,” a plaintive tune written and recorded by Cat Stevens back in 1970. It first appeared on the fourth album, “Tea for the Tillerman,” by this English singer-songwriter who had penned this song as words of wisdom to a lover who is leaving him. Ramey, a 32-year-old New Yorker, sang it in tribute to his late father and had all four coaches vying for him; he chose his favorite, Stefani.
As Bernadette sang “American Woman” on the March 14 blind audition episode, Stefani and Levine hit their buttons. They were impressed with her stripped-down version of The Guess Who 1970 rock classic “American Woman.” While Levine tried to win her over, this 25-year-old from Grand Forks, ND opted to become the final artist on Stefani’s team as she identified most with her musical stylings.
Over the course of the four Battle episodes, the 12 artists on each team will be split into six pairs and have to sing the same song for their survival. The four coaches — Keys, Levine, Shelton and Stefani — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
Do you think Stefani made the right choice by going with Ramey? Watch the battle above and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.