If Gwen Stefani wins her first coaching championship for “The Voice,” it might just be the young, vibrant Brennley Brown who provides it for her. On Monday’s live Top 12 episode with guest advisor Shania Twain, Brennley offered a lovely rendition of “Long, Long Time” and should be an easy choice to advance into the Top 11 on Tuesday night (watch her performance above). Will Gwen be able to take down five-time champ Blake Shelton, three-time winner Adam Levine, and rival coach Alicia Keys for Season 12?
In his rankings for Monday’s program, our writer John Benutty says the following about Brennley: “Like Shania and Linda Ronstadt (the artist she covered this week), Brennley straddles the line between country and pop music and has the ability to break the boundaries of each. This rendition tipped the scales toward country for sure, but it’s the kind of song and performance that speaks to more than just that niche audience and I think had the potential to win over a lot of new fans for her. I love that for the second time Blake expressed regret for giving Brennley up and allowing Gwen to steal her because she truly is one of the strongest competitors this season.”
According to her NBC bio: “Brennley grew up listening to country music and performing in school talent shows. Her signature move was throwing her pink cowgirl hat into the audience at shows. She recently was cast as Lily on the animated show ‘Sofia the First.’ For two years, starting at age three, she watched her mother go in and out of hospitals before she was diagnosed with Lyme carditis, which has no cure. Music helped Brennley cope with her mother’s diagnosis. Her dad owns a hair salon where she spends her spare time when she’s not gigging, doing voiceover work or homework!”
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