Monday night during Night 3 of “The Voice” Season 15, country artist Chevel Shepherd took on The Band Perry‘s “If I Die Young” and caused three coaches to turn their chairs around: Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson. Perhaps because Chevel got to meet Brynn Cartelli, Kelly’s winner from last season, the 16-year-old decided to join Team Kelly, making her dreams of mentoring a female country artist come true. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” blind audition video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“It’s no secret I have been dying to get a female country singer,” Kelly said before Chevel made her ultimate decision. “And you float that line perfectly kind of in the pop world as well. With those breaks in your voice, yes they’re very Dolly Parton but they’re also very Sarah Mclachlan. One main reason why I do want to work with you too after turning around and watching is I was just like you when I was young and you are in your head a lot. You were like, wait, okay, this is where I’m gonna go here, this is where I’m going here. If you just don’t think about all those notes, it’ll happen.”
Jennifer usually doesn’t fight for country artists, but she admitted that she turned around in her chair because Chevel’s voice is “so pure and so beautiful.” Blake built on what Kelly was saying about Chevel being in her head, but said that she’ll get over that “quickly.” In the end, Chevel decided to go with Kelly even though she shared the same birthday with Blake.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “16 year old Chevel Shepherd from New Mexico is a lover of country music hoping to get a chair turn from Blake. Chevel auditioned with The Band Perry‘s ‘If I Die Young.’ Expectedly, Kelly hit her button for the young country artist, after noticing hints of Dolly Parton in her voice. Blake also hit his button and it would have been another Kelly-Blake showdown, but then Jennifer jumped into the fray in the last moment. Kelly pitched to Chevel that she saw some of herself in her, advising her that she’s a bit in her head while she sings and can help her get out of it.”