‘The Voice’ Top 12 live shows: Brooke Simpson opens the show with powerhouse cover of Kesha’s ‘Praying’ [WATCH]

Night 1 of the live shows aired Monday night on “The Voice” Season 13, with pop/soul artist Brooke Simpson representing Team Miley Cyrus in the Top 12. Simpson had the monumental task of opening the first live show of the season, and she killed it with her powerhouse cover of Kesha‘s “Praying,” which she dedicated to America. Do you think Simpson did good enough to advance to the Top 11? Watch Simpson’s performance from “The Voice” 2017 live shows above.

Our writer Denton Davidson live-blogged the episode, and as he said, “I loved that the opening of the song showcased Brooke’s lower register. That is a weakness for a lot of singers but it was no problem for her. But she quickly escalated to those powerful belts we have come to know her for. She is pouring her heart into this performance and her passion and sincerity is palpable. Brooke has been one of the season’s most memorable artists and any concern she would falter at the live shows can officially be squashed. Great performance! All the coaches except Adam Levine were on their feet.”

Back in her blind audition, Simpson performed “Stone Cold” and had all four coaches turn their chairs around: Cyrus, Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton. The next time we saw Simpson in the battle rounds, she and Sophia Bollman sang “You’re a Big Girl Now” and Simpson was declared the winner by her coach Cyrus. In the knockouts Simpson was paired up against Stephan Marcellus and Simpson prevailed thanks to her performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Finally, Simpson’s rendition of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” in the playoffs was good enough to send her through to the current live shows.

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Simpson is 26 years old and currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Here is her official NBC bio: “Brooke is a full-blooded Native American from the Haliwa-Saponi tribe. She grew up on tribal grounds with 4,000 Native Americans, including most of her family. Every year they have a powwow and celebrate their traditions just like their forefathers. She discovered her love of music at age seven when she started singing with her parents. They are full-time evangelists and would take trips every weekend in their RV to different churches to sing as a family, leading praise and worship. Brooke has been performing for many years and it’s gotten to the point where she has started to look for a plan B, so a lot is riding on this audition.”

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