‘The Voice’ Top 12: Chris Blue performs ‘Love and Happiness’ for Team Alicia Keys [WATCH]

From the first moments he took to “The Voice” stage a few weeks ago (as the last artist seen in the blind auditions), Chris Blue has been a frontrunner to win Season 12. He is a perfect fit with his coach Alicia Keys and chose the perfect tune of “Love and Happiness” by Al Green on Monday’s Top 12 episode (watch his performance above). Will Alicia be able to take down five-time champ Blake Shelton, three-time winner Adam Levine, and rival coach Gwen Stefani later on this spring in the finale?

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In his rankings for Monday’s program, our writer John Benutty says the following about Chris: “I am so thankful that Alicia asked Chris to show the more tender parts of his voice this week because so far his vocals have been really big, loud and acrobatic. Because we’re talking about Chris here, the performance was still showy and there were a lot of tricks in his delivery, but without a doubt we got some softer moments that showed just how smooth and pure his voice is on its most basic level. Rightfully, Chris got an extended standing ovation from the audience and all five judges because this was easily one of the night’s most well-rounded and electric performances.”

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.”

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