Chris Blue made it to the final of “The Voice” based on his eight performances to date. He is coached by Alicia Keys, who lost her previous season of the show. As per his NBC bio: “Chris grew up in a family of seven in a tiny house. His mother decided to put the family in a band called the Blue Family, where they sang at local churches. It later became the Blue Brothers and they performed across the Midwest and later at the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET. For the past six years, he has worked as a worship leader. During this time, he met his fiancée, Stephanie, who is from England. They have been in a long-distance relationship ever since. She’s been battling bone marrow cancer for most of her life and flatlined during surgery recently. It’s hard on Chris, who has been struggling with not being there through the hard times.”
Take a read of our recaps of each of his eight performance and then vote in our poll as to which of these was the best. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Top 8: “Take Me to the King” (May 15)
Blue picked “Take Me to the King,” a 2012 platinum seller for gospel star Tamela Mann. He delivered a powerful performance. Keys loved it and told him “I knew you could do it and let all the walls down and find that place in yourself that is so true. You just did that. I am so proud of you. You got out of your way.”
Top 10: “24K Magic” (May 8)
Blue went with “24K Magic,” a 2016 Top 5 song by Bruno Mars. His rendition was full of passion and emotion. Blake Shelton told him “I think you are going to be in the finale.” And his coach enthused, “You just showed me and all of America that you are unstoppable.”
Top 11: “When a Man Loves a Woman” (May 1)
Blue rocked the house with his version of Percy Sledge‘s 1966 chart-topper “When a Man Loves a Woman.” His powerful performance won him plaudits from all the coaches including Keys who concluded, “When you just came out here, I felt like I was watching Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, the greats.”
Top 12: “Love and Happiness” (April 24)
Just before the halfway point of the evening, Blue stopped the show with his rollicking version of “Love and Happiness,” a 1972 song for Al Green that became a signature tune for Etta James. Blue was one of the best of the night and guest coach Shania Twain agreed. “You brought everybody from a real cool, collective place and built the room up and exploded.” Likewise, Keys admitted, ““It is just incredible to watch you. You have this uncanny ability to make things electric.
Live Playoff 1: “Love on the Brain” (April 17)
Keys kicked off her sextet by having her strongest male artist sing a song that would have been a big ask for any of the women: Rihanna‘s top five 2016 soul hit “Love on the Brain.” That Blue was able to make this music his own is a testament to his talent. He handled the falsetto with ease and earned praise from Keys, “There is not a soul on this planet that can deny the gift that you are offering here,” before winning the public vote.
Knockout Round: vs. Quizz Swanigan (April 3)
Blue went with “Superstition,” a 1973 No. 1 for singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder. It worked well for him, especially after Keys counseled him to concentrate on conveying the lyrics rather than showboating. Thirteen-year-old Swanigan opted for “Chains” by Nick Jonas, a one-time member of a boy band who released this track when he went solo in 2014. After Keys finally chose to go with Blue, Gwen Stefani stole Swanigan as she was impressed when he had combined song and dance so effortlessly.
Battle Round: “Adorn” vs. RJ Collins (March 21)
Singer/songwriter Miguel had a big hit in 2012 with this chart-topping soul song. Blue dominated the duet while Collins struggled to connect with the lyrics. Stefani left no doubt which artist she preferred, gushing to Blue, “I don’t even know if I was listening to your voice, because I was so mesmerized by your body.” Not surprisingly, Keys picked him. And with no other coach wanting to steal Collins, he left the competition.
Blind Audition: “Tracks of My Tears” (March 14)
When Blue sang, Keys was the only coach still in need of an artist. The Knoxville native, 26, sang the blues with his rendition of “Tracks of My Tears,” the 1965 hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Even though no other coach was contending for this talent, he is a good fit with Keys.
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