Night 3 of the playoffs aired Wednesday night on “The Voice” Season 13, with soul singer Janice Freeman performing Leela James‘ “Fall for You” for Team Miley Cyrus. The performance impressed Cyrus so much that she advanced Freeman to the live shows of NBC’s reality TV program, along with Brooke Simpson and Ashland Craft. Watch Freeman’s winning performance from “The Voice” playoffs above.
Our writer John Benutty live-blogged the episode, and as he noted, “After a handful of big performances from Janice, the scaling back of this one, with Janice standing still behind a mic stand, is exactly what she needed to show a new side of herself. You can tell that she’s passionate about and connects to the lyric. What an absolutely beautiful performance.”
Back in her blind audition, Freeman performed “Radioactive” and had two coaches turn their chairs around: Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson. The next time we saw Freeman in the battle rounds, she and Katrina Rose sang “W.O.M.A.N” and Freeman was declared the winner by her coach Cyrus. In the knockouts Freeman was paired up against Karli Webster and Freeman prevailed thanks to her performance of “I’m Goin’ Down.”
Freeman is 32 years old and currently resides in Compton, California. Here’s the official NBC bio: “When Janice was 21 years old, her daughter, Hannah, was born. A few years later, when her daughter was only four, Hannah’s father passed away from cancer. It was really tough being a single mom, but it taught her how to be strong. Janice needed the strength because in 2012 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She fought it and survived. In the midst of all the tragedy, she met her wonderfully supportive husband. They have been married for two years, and he even gigs locally with her and her band. Having gone through so much, she is so thankful to be cancer-free and happily married, but needs this shot at a music career to provide stability for Hannah.”
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