On Monday’s premiere episode of “The Voice” Season 13, Shi’Ann Jones belted out “Drown in My Own Tears” with such gusto that new coach Jennifer Hudson turned her chair on the very first note. Blake Shelton also pushed his button for the 15-year-old singer, while Adam Shelton said that he was going to turn his chair, “But literally Jennifer Hudson threatened to kill me if I pushed my button. I’ve never experienced anything like it.” Watch Jones’s “The Voice” blind audition recap video above.
Miley Cyrus echoed Levine’s sentiments, declaring “I wish I would have pushed” after finding out that Jones was only 15 years old. “Shi’Ann, now knowing that you’re 15, I can see where we can relate. I was in your exact same position. But, uh, she was threatening people.”
While Jones’ choice came down to Hudson vs. Shelton, there really was no question as to who she would ultimately pick. “Your voice is undeniable,” noted Hudson before the teenager chose to be on her team. “I am so excited about you,” Hudson added. “And I always imagined that if I had a daughter that could sing like a mini-me, who would she be? Child, she’s right here on the stage!”
Jones currently resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky with her family. Here is her official NBC bio: “Shi’Ann is one of nine siblings, so it was always hard to stand out in her family. The big singer in her family was her father, Ricky. He was a gospel singer and would travel to different churches to sing. When she was little, Shi’Ann’s dad would teach her music scales. By the time she was four, she was singing around the house. At age seven, she started singing in church with her dad and eventually he set up a PA system in the living room where they would practice together trying to out-riff each other. When Shi’Ann was eight, her father signed her up for her first talent contest, and she started singing at all the soccer and football games in town. In 2015, with the help of her mom, Shi’Ann started to find ways to perform outside of Kentucky. They recorded a video of her performing the national anthem and sent it to every NBA team in the country. The Utah Jazz ended up calling her and she flew out to Utah to perform before a game. Even though she is only 15, she realizes she needs a show such as The Voice to finally make her dreams come true.”
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