‘The Voice’ battle rounds: Brandon Brown vs. Jon Mero with ‘I Wish It Would Rain’ for Team Adam Levine [WATCH]

It’s a real shame one of them had to go home, but that’s exactly what happened with the outstanding battle round between Brandon Brown vs. Jon Mero. For Monday’s Night 3 of battles on Season 13 of “The Voice,” the two male singers squared off with “I Wish It Would Rain” by The Temptations (watch above). Coach Adam Levine chose Jon to continue on Team Adam for next week’s knockouts, meaning Brandon is finished since no other coach used a steal on him.

Our contributing writer John Benutty had the following commentary about Jon and had her second in his overall power rankings: “What Jon brings to a performance is nothing short of complete–his voice is dynamic, he’s confident on stage and he makes a song totally his own. In keeping him, Adam said that he thinks Jon can go really far and that there’s a lot still to explore in their partnership and I couldn’t agree more. Jon is going to do really well with Adam’s loose, brotherly way of mentoring his more seasoned artists so this is a perfect match.”

Of all the singers on Monday’s show, Benutty thought Brandon had the fifth best performance: “Brandon was paired against the singer I thought was the best on Adam’s team prior to the start of the battle round. I love Brandon’s voice and on this track the soul and smoothness of it took center stage. He inhabited the song so perfectly, but unfortunately just couldn’t compete with the acrobatics of Jon’s abilities. It’s a shame the other judges couldn’t find a spot on their teams for him.”

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According to the NBC official bio for Brandon: “Brandon is a volunteer violin and voice instructor at Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), where he first started as a student when he was 15 years old. As a teen, taking piano, violin and voice classes at HSA helped him gain confidence in both music and life, and he loves to give back to the current students. ‘The Voice”s own Wé McDonald, also a member of HSA, has helped Brandon, inspiring him to follow his dream by auditioning for the show. Throughout his musical journey, his mom has been his main support system. He attributes all of his success to her, as she has always allowed him to explore his creative side. Brandon does not have plans to go to college and ‘The Voice’ is his opportunity to become the best artist he can be.”

And the NBC official bio for Jon says: “As a kid, Jon grew up playing the piano and trumpet. At 14, he saw Whitney Houston sing in the movie ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ and decided that singing is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. At 25, Jon moved from Des Moines to Atlanta in hopes of finding more musical opportunities. When Jon arrived in Atlanta, he got the chance to perform with CeeLo Green, which furthered his motivation and passion. Currently, Jon works as a corporate singer in the Celebrity All-Star Band. He gigs with the band at parties and corporate events, which has helped him develop his singing and performing skills. He finally feels ready to take the stage by himself and is hoping ‘The Voice’ will catapult his solo career.”

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