Jesse Larson has surprised along the way during Season 12 of “The Voice” with his ability to avoid elimination. For Monday’s live finale, he took on the 70’s rocker “Takin’ It to the Streets” to great effect (watch his performance on the video above). His coach Adam Levine is attempting to win a fourth championship against five-time champ Blake Shelton, plus rival Alicia Keys, who is hoping to triumph for the first time.
In his rankings for Monday’s program, our writer Denton Davidson says the following about Jesse: “Jesse started things off with a cover of the Doobie Brothers’ ‘Takin’ It to the Streets.’ The old-school funk/soul genre has worked for him in the past and this fit right into that wheelhouse. There were no surprises vocally we hadn’t heard from him before, but he delivered with consistency and fit in his signature guitar solo.”
According to his NBC bio: “Jesse’s father was his biggest influence and introduced him to classic blues at a young age. After his father suddenly died of a heart attack, he began to lose his drive and considered quitting music. Then he got a call to audition for Prince. After many auditions, he got the opportunity to play for Judith Hill, whom Prince was producing. After Prince’s sudden death, the tour was canceled, but the experience reignited Jesse’s passion for music.”
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