How does a country singer turn an R&B classic into something completely new and original? That’s what contender Sundance Head did on Monday’s final live performance episode for Season 11 of “The Voice.” With a small orchestra and backing vocals, he took on the Etta James all-timer “At Last” (watch above). Will he be able to claim the championship on Tuesday night’s results show? He currently has third place 7/1 odds in our Gold Derby predictions center, trailing Billy Gilman (2/3) and We` McDonald (3/1), but ahead of Josh Gallagher (25/1). His coach Blake Shelton could claim a record-setting fifth crown against Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, and Miley Cyrus.
Regarding Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “I love that Sundance brought his season full circle by closing out with Etta James after breaking into Alicia’s “Fallin'” during his blind audition critique. Unlike his competition, what Sundance achieves in his covers of songs outside his genre is that he folds them into his own genre and makes them sound completely new. I don’t think I realized I wanted Sundance to win until I heard him do this.”
According to his official NBC bio, “Sundance’s father, Roy Head, was in the band The Traits, best known for their 1965 hit, “Treat Her Right.” When Sundance was 9, his older brother passed away in a tragic car accident, and his dad began to slow down his music career. At age 20, Sundance had the opportunity to record with ZZ Top through a connection from his dad, but started to play music professionally 13 years later.”
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year by the Texas native have been “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (blind audition song) by Otis Redding, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (battle song) by Bad Company, “The Climb” (knockout song) by Miley Cyrus, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (top 20) by Keith Urban, “My Church” (top 12) by Maren Morris, “No One” (top 11) by Alicia Keys, “Me and Jesus” (top 10) by Tom T. Hall, and “Love Can Build a Bridge” (top 8) by the Judds.
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