Night 3 of the playoffs aired Wednesday night on “The Voice” Season 13, with powerful artist Brooke Simpson performing James Brown‘s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” for Team Miley Cyrus. The performance impressed Cyrus so much that she advanced Simpson to the live shows of NBC’s reality TV program, along with Ashland Craft and Janice Freeman. Watch Simpson’s winning performance from “The Voice” playoffs above.
Our writer John Benutty live-blogged the episode, and as he noted, “In his critique, Adam Levine compares the energy and fierceness of Brooke’s performance to that of Jennifer Hudson’s and Christina Aguilera‘s — that’s very high praise. Miley, Blake Shelton and Jennifer all back him up, declaring her performance flawless and expert quality.”
Back in her blind audition, Simpson performed “Stone Cold” and had all four coaches turn their chairs around: Cyrus, Levine, Hudson and Shelton. The next time we saw Simpson in the battle rounds, she and Sophia Bollman sang “You’re a Big Girl Now” and Simpson was declared the winner by her coach Cyrus. In the knockouts Simpson was paired up against Stephan Marcellus and Simpson prevailed thanks to her performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
Simpson is 26 years old and currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Here is her official NBC bio: “Brooke is a full-blooded Native American from the Haliwa-Saponi tribe. She grew up on tribal grounds with 4,000 Native Americans, including most of her family. Every year they have a powwow and celebrate their traditions just like their forefathers. She discovered her love of music at age seven when she started singing with her parents. They are full-time evangelists and would take trips every weekend in their RV to different churches to sing as a family, leading praise and worship. Brooke has been performing for many years and it’s gotten to the point where she has started to look for a plan B, so a lot is riding on this audition.”
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