‘The Voice’ live playoff: Vanessa Ferguson performs ‘Lean On’ for Team Alicia Keys [WATCH]

How exciting that someone so talented as Vanessa Ferguson was voted through by the “The Voice” home viewers on Monday. Performing for Team Alicia Keys, the singer surprised everyone with a strong version of “Lean On” by Major Lazer and DJ Snake (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 Vanessa: “The raspy-voiced soulstress never fails to surprise the audience with each performance. She’s simply a natural on stage and her voice oozes passion. She proved tonight that she is equally effective behind the piano and working the stage with just a microphone. I was pleasantly surprised to see her voted into the top 12 because although I knew Alicia understood her talent, I wasn’t sure it translated to viewers at home.”

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Over the first few weeks of this season, Vanessa has taken on the following tunes: Audition – “Don’t Let Me Down”; Battle – “Killing Me Softly with His Song”; Knockout – “If I Were Your Woman.” Of those three performances, our writer John Benutty offered analysis last week: “Vanessa is an interesting artist because she plays with the structure and melody of songs in a way that not many other “Voice” artists dare to. Unfortunately, I don’t think she’s taking the kind of risks that pay off with the audience of this particular show. Her knockout round performance, while creative, wasn’t the best vocally and so I don’t have much confidence that she can beat out all the other artists.”

According to his 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.”

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