Season 12 of “The Voice” might already have a winner! Is anybody going to beat Chris Blue for Team Alicia Keys? His performance on Monday’s first live playoff show featured him on the recent hit “Love on the Brain” (watch above).
How did we rank all six performers for Team Alicia and which 3 of her singers survived? Here is our analysis of her team on Monday. And here is what our writer Denton Davidson says about Chris: “I couldn’t have been more thrilled this Rihanna song was chosen to usher in Chris’ more modern sound. We’ve seen him tackle old-school R&B and this was the perfect way to weave his style into contemporary music. This man is an absolute absurdity of talent. Goose bumps and chills are the only words that come to mind when discussing his voice and his ability to throw everything inside of himself onto the stage. He’s the most exciting artist this season.”
Over the first few weeks of this season, Chris has taken on the following tunes: Audition – “The Tracks of My Tears”; Battle – “Adorn”; Knockout – “Superstition.” Of those three performances, our writer John Benutty offered analysis last week: “There isn’t much to say about Chris that Blake Shelton hasn’t already said. Seriously, Blake won’t stop talking about how upset he is that Alicia was the only one that had a chance to turn her chair for him during the blinds. But even if Chris was a four-chair turn (he certainly deserved to be), the pairing between him and Alicia was destined and has already proved the best path for him to win. His vocal talent is so heavily stylized that as soon as he hits his first note you remember everything he’s already done the show and feel compelled to go back and watch them again. Chris is the closest thing this season has to a frontrunner.”
According to his NBC bio: “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.”