Ali Caldwell has not been perceived so far as a frontrunner for Season 11 of “The Voice,” but that most likely changed on Monday’s show. Watch as she performs an emotional rendition of “Did I Ever Love You” by Leonard Cohen, who died last week, on the live Top 12 episode of the NBC reality program. She is part of Team Miley Cyrus, a rookie coach trying to prevail over Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys this season.
Discussing Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “If anyone didn’t know who Ali was before this week they sure know now because Ali hands down won the night. The timeliness of choosing a Leonard Cohen song aside, Ali gave the best performance of the night because her vocal was tender when it should have been and big when it had to be. It’s amazing that Miley is choosing her songs week to week because the ownership Ali has in taking them on is impressive.”
According to her official NBC bio, “Ali skipped college to join Xhale, a three-person R&B group. They opened for Boyz II Men and played for Patti LaBelle at her tribute concert. Although they met with several record labels, they couldn’t get signed and called it quits in 2010. In 2014, Ali went to Russia and toured all over the country with a successful jazz musician named Oleg. Since then, she has been to Russia five times and performs more than 20 shows a year.”
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year by the New Jersey native have been “Dangerous Woman” (blind audition song) by Ariana Grande, “Hit or Miss” (battle song) by Odetta, “No Ordinary Love” (knockout song) by Sade, and “Times Have Changed” (top 20) by Irma Thomas.
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