Chevel Shepherd won season 15 of “The Voice” and became the second singer in as many seasons to be coached to victory by Kelly Clarkson after Brynn Cartelli. And she is the first country artist to win the show who did not have Blake Shelton as a mentor. Chevel is well aware that her win is historic and quickly credited Kelly, who nicknamed her ‘Country Tinkerbell,’ for all her success when she took to Twitter to answer questions in a very revealing interview.
Chevel is so grateful that Kelly gave her the chance to sing a new song, “Broken Hearts,” that the Grammy winner had been planning on recording for her new album. Chevel’s version landed at the top of the iTunes chart just hours before she was named the winner of the show by Carson Daly. The 16-year-old — who hails from Farmington, New Mexico — still can’t believe that he said her name, calling the moment “surreal.”
Chevel’s duet with Kelly, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain,” from the final made it to #9 on iTunes. And we may well get more music from the pair as Chevel reveals that she is going to work with Kelly on her debut album. Not surprisingly, she says she is “super excited about that.” The teen talent would love to also work with her all-time favorite singers Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
Chevel repeatedly thanks to Kelly for all of the support that she gave her throughout her journey on “The Voice.” Kelly knows what it means to win a reality competition, having been the very first “American Idol.” She sent out a tweet to her millions of followers: “This simple act you do can change someone’s life and it’s a blessing. So from a girl whose life was changed by this simple act I just wanna say thank you for taking the time and being a fan!”