It’s rare for a great country singer to slip through Blake Shelton‘s fingers, but that is exactly what has happened for Brennley Brown. After he cut her loose, Blake’s girlfriend and rival coach Gwen Stefani stole her away to be part of her Season 12 team. That has now paid off as Brennley received one of the best audience vote totals on Tuesday after performing the song “Fly” (watch above).
How did we rank all six performers for Team Gwen and which 3 of her singers survived? Here is our analysis of her team on Tuesday. And here is what our writer John Benutty says about Brennley: “The goal Gwen set for Brennley on this performance was to tap into the emotional core of the Maddie & Tae country ballad. As expected, Brennley did just that and I think she reached the segment of the audience that she aspires to reach in her career. That being said, I don’t think this was the type of performance that wins over any new fans and so she may be at a slight disadvantage to some of the more well-rounded artists as she heads to the Top 12 next week on the strength of the audience vote.”
Over the first few weeks of this season, Brennley has taken on the following tunes: Audition – “Stupid Boy”; Battle – “Better Man”; Knockout – “Up to the Mountain.” Of those three performances, our writer Denton Davidson offered analysis last week: “Originally a member of Team Blake, Gwen made a smart steal to secure the 14-year old country singer for herself. There was nothing that originally stood out to me about Brown, but her performance in the knockout round changed that completely. Not only was she poised and powerful, her likability reminded me of season four champ, Danielle Bradbery. If she continues to improve at the pace she has so far, voters will fall in love with her.”
According to her NBC bio: “Brennley grew up listening to country music and performing in school talent shows. Her signature move was throwing her pink cowgirl hat into the audience at shows. She recently was cast as Lily on the animated show “Sofia the First.” For two years, starting at age three, she watched her mother go in and out of hospitals before she was diagnosed with Lyme carditis, which has no cure. Music helped Brennley cope with her mother’s diagnosis. Her dad owns a hair salon where she spends her spare time when she’s not gigging, doing voiceover work or homework!”