Tuesday night on NBC, 24-year-old Spensha Baker sang The Beatles‘ “Blackbird” during the blind auditions of “The Voice” Season 14. The San Antonio, Texas resident is a gospel singer who was previously dropped by a professional label. Two coaches — Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson — turned their chairs around for Spensha, and she ultimately chose to be on Team Blake. Can Spensha make it all the way to the Season 14 live shows? Watch “The Voice” blind audition performance video above.
“I love your slow vibrato,” Blake said while trying to convince her to join his team. “I love the fact that you can hang out down in the low notes. You don’t get away from them too quickly. And then all of a sudden when you push the gas, it was like, whoa, who was that? Today marks my 14th anniversary as a coach, and you would be the greatest gift to me.” When Blake found out that Spensha wanted to pursue country, he told her, “I don’t stand in line for country concerts, I put ’em on. I think you can make the difference that we need in country music.”
In his recap of “The Voice,” our live-blogger Denton Davidson commented, “It’s no surprise Blake and Kelly were the first to turn their chairs. Spensha has a nice tone but I don’t really feel inspired by this audition. I’m not sure if it was the song or just her performance, but she will have to bring it harder than this if she wants to move further in the competition. After a brief deliberation, Spensha made the obvious choice in Blake. He said she is his favorite artist on his team so far this season.”
Blind auditions continue on NBC for the first six episodes of “The Voice” Season 14. What do you think of this season and new coach Kelly Clarkson so far? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section. See the full list of “The Voice” past winners.