Aliyah Moulden made it to the final of “The Voice” based on her eight performances to date. She is coached by Blake Shelton, who has won five of his 11 seasons on the show. As per her NBC bio: “Aliyah is being raised solely by her mother since her father passed away from lung cancer when she was only one month old. Music helped Aliyah find herself in high school, and her mother signed her up for vocal lessons. She has opened for Caroline Sunshine, Todrick Hall and Jesse McCartney. This past summer, she sang in the BET Experience at the L.A. Convention Center. “
Take a read of our recaps of each of her eight performance and then vote in our poll as to which of these was the best. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Top 8: “I Can Only Imagine” (May 15)
Shelton has saddled his teen talent with songs that were written long before she was born, including this 1990 tune by MercyMe that is the only gospel song to ever sell 2 million copies. Shelton revealed, ““I signed on to do this show as a coach in 2011, hoping that someday I would be able to meet and work with an artist like you, somebody who comes onto this show with talent and we can see a development and growth. “
Top 10: “Jealous” (May 8)
This week she finally got a contemporary tune: 2014’s “Jealous” by English electronic musician Labrinth. Moulden sang the song in honor of her late father and had Gwen Stefani raving, “Songs take you right to your heart, and you are living it in that moment.” Added Shelton admitted, “You got lost in the moment, and that’s all anybody can ever expect an artist to do, is to get up there and pour their heart out on the stage.”
Top 11: “Take It Back” (May 1)
This week, she had to sing the 1993 Reba McEntire track “Take It Back,” which Shelton characterized as “a throwback to that Motown sound.” Moulden handled the tune with style and had Stefani saying, “You are adorable, and very, very talented.” And Shelton said the audience was “becoming invested in you as an artist, because they can literally hear you getting better every week that goes by.”
Top 12: “Heat Wave” (April 24)
There was little logic to 15-year-old Moulden performing the 1963 No. 1 “Heat Wave,” the first hit for Motown group Martha & The Vandellas. She brought little of herself to the song but guest coach Shania Twain praised her performance — ““You come out and command the stage. You have such poise” — as did Shelton who enthused, “You are becoming a performer in front of America’s eyes. It’s so exciting.”
Live Playoff 1: “Mercy” (April 17)
Moulden made merry with “Mercy,” a 2008 Grammy-nominated hit for Welsh songstress Duffy. The tune was a good choice for this 15-year-old with a grown-up voice. Indeed, Shelton observed, “that’s the best I’ve seen you sing so far on this show.” And the public agreed, putting her through to the top 12.
Knockout Round: vs. Caroline Sky (April 10)
Moulden connected with the crowd with her rendition of Carrie Underwood‘s Grammy-winning”Before He Cheats.” With the guidance of her coach, she gave this 2005 country tune an edge. Sky tried her best with “At Last,” the 1941 big band tune that Etta James made her own in 1960. Even though did a decent job, her coach opted for Moulden, who had been with his team from the blind auditions.
Battle Round: “Walking on Sunshine” vs. Dawson Coyle (March 21)
Inexplicably, Shelton chose to showcase his two teen talents with a song that was a hit way back in 1985 for the new wave band Katrina and the Waves. After being denied three full performances in a row, we saw Moulden and Coyle having fun with this dance tune. Shelton opted to keep Moulden, who sounded stronger in the choruses, while Keys opted to use her second and final steal on Coyle.
Blind Audition: “Hound Dog” (February 28)
Though she’s only 15, this powerhouse from La Habra, CA has a lot of experience under her belt already. Moulden showcased her voice with a take on the 1956 Elvis Presley hit “Hound Dog” and convinced Shelton to turn quickly. The only surprise was that it took so long for Keys and Stefani to join him.
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