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Exclusive Interview: The Voice’s Brandon Chase


Last week, America was introduced to Brandon Chase, a rising country singer from Arlington, Texas who was picked by Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice. We’re pretty excited to say “We knew him first” when it comes to Brandon, as we discovered him earlier this year and spoke to him about his musical aspirations. He even appeared on our StageIt and world premiered a song called “Miracle” for the fans watching live.

Having worked with Brandon, we were thrilled to discover he was going to be appearing on The Voice. In addition to being an incredible talent, he’s also one of the nicest people we’ve ever had the chance to speak with. Luckily, we were able to chat with him again after his first appearance on The Voice.

If you missed Brandon’s appearance, he sang “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes, a song he’s done many times before.  “’Wanted’ is a song I’ve been doing for quite a while since it came out…and everyone’s always loved it. It’s such a great song, and the lyrics are awesome. It makes you feel good, and it’s a song I can relate to and come across as genuine.” Brandon says. “Those lyrics are truly what I want to do with my music, to make people feel wanted and special, because they are.”

“The Voice” Returns For Season 5

The Voice Season 5 Promo

The Voice returns on September 23rd! Raise your hand if you’re excited. Did you do it? Ok, good!

The original gang is back together for Season 5… Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, & CeeLo Green all return to their awesomely cool spin chairs.

NBC also just announced the teams’ advisors for this cycle. Music legend Cher will assist Blake, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder will join Adam, Ed Sheeran will work with Christina, and Miguel will team up with CeeLo.

Shelton has won the past three season of The Voice. The only other coach to take home a win is Levine for Season 1. Can Blake do it again?!

Tune into NBC on Sept. 23rd for the new season of The Voice.

And in the meantime, check out this hilarious promo:

Recap: The Voice – Episode 3: Boybanders, Mamas and Domo, Oh My!

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First off, NBC, THREE nights in a row? I love Adam, Christina, Blake and CeeLo as much as the next person, but three in a row was a bit much.

Our first singer of the night is Samuel Mouton, a guy who cooks pizzas and washes dishes in Colorado, but hopefully not at the same time. He looks like a dirty skateboarding, short-haired Shaun White-type, but then opens his mouth and sounds like Bob Marley. It’s an odd disconnect as he sings “Redemption Song,” but Adam is the first to turn around, followed quickly by CeeLo and Christina. It’s an easy choice for Samuel, who joins Team Adam.

Next up is Chris Trousdale, a very pretty boy who was formerly a member of the boy band Dreamstreet. Don’t judge me, but I’m pretty sure I once saw Dreamstreet in concert. Anyway, Chris was basically the JC Chasez to Jesse McCartney’s Justin Timberlake. Unlike JC, however, his voice is surprisingly weak and shaky and we learn that he now works in a Sushi restaurant. Also, for a former boybander, he made a terrible song choice with “Glad You Came” by 2012 boy band, The Wanted. Although none of the judges turn around for Chris, he does get Blake Shelton on stage to “moonwalk” in his cowboy boots. I’m sure that Gif is all over Tumblr by now.

Recap: The Voice: Episode 2 – Meet Harry Potter & The Music Man

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I’ll blame it on technical difficulties, but I may or may not have missed most of the first episode of “The Voice.” I just assumed (and you know what happens when you assume…) that my DVR would record the show, but alas, that wasn’t the case. I’ll be attempting to catch a repeat sometime soon, but, on to episode two!
Luckily for slackers like me, we get a brief recap of the first episode and I learn that each judge – Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine & Blake Shelton – will get teams of 16! Holy cow, what is this, pee-wee soccer?! They each grabbed two contestants in the season premiere, including a guy who sings “Listen” better than Beyonce and a bunch of other random people who sing, cry and have REALLY sad histories. 

Our first contestant tonight is 22-year-old Brooklynite, Adriana Louise. I can tell immediately by her tight dress and judges’-chair-matching lipstick that she’s going to garner a creepy CeeLo smile. She wails through Jessie J‘s “Domino,” and all of the judges turn around. CeeLo makes some weird comments about a wedding, but it’s Christina’s finger-wiggling and debut CD (the first Adriana ever bought) that convince her to join “Team XTina.” 

The Voice Sweepstakes

Blake Shelton. photo credit: Joseph Llanes.

Here’s a contest that us here at Keepin’ it Country even want to enter ourselves! is giving The Voice fans the chance to  win a fly-away trip to see the finale of The Voice – complete with accommodations and round-trip airfare! To enter, simply “like” the company’s official Facebook page and submit your information and you’re in to win! If you’re a fan of Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera or CeeLo Green then you’ll want to try your luck.

Good luck! The contest closes Friday at 11:59 pm MST.

The Voice: Team Blake Recap – Week 3

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With only one more show left of The Voice blind audition rounds, Team Blake is nearly complete!

In weeks one and two, we already met team members RaeLynn, Gwen Sebastian (interview), Jermaine Paul, Erin Willett, Jordis Unga, and Brian Fuente. This past week, Blake added four more members to his crew: Naia Kete, Charlotte Sometimes, ALyX, and Jordan Rager.

Naia Kete

Naia was born in Massachusetts and now hails from California. The twenty-one year old auditioned with a cool, unique version of Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song.” Blake and Cee Lo Green battled it out for her, but Naia chose Team Blake!

Via her blog on The Voice official website, Naia shared:

When I started singing, Blake turned around right away! I couldn’t believe it! I was in! Really? Then, towards the end of the song, Cee Lo turned also! TWO coaches!? AMAZING! I just felt so blessed and happy.

Follow Naia on Twitter: @naiakete

Naia’s Audition:


Continue reading to meet the rest of the newest members of Team Blake….

Blake Shelton Covers Rolling Stone + Performs At Super Bowl

Blake Shelton.

Looks like Blake Shelton‘s next career move might be world domination. He’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine alongside his fellow coaches from The Voice – CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine. The magazine hits news stands February 16th, 2012 and features a preview at this year’s hottest singing competition.

Blake performed “America The Beautiful” with his wife Miranda Lambert last night before the Super Bowl. His first-ever Super Bowl ad also aired last night during the game, as part of NBC’s massive promotion for The Voice. The first episode of the second season premiered last night after the Super Bowl and it continues tonight in a special 2-hour episode.

Watch Blake’s performance with Miranda below:

The Voice’s Elimination Night – How Blake Shelton Shocked the World


It was the end of the line for two members of Team Blake and Team Christina tonight, and the show came to a surprising and unexpected turn. After Christina Aguilera advanced Frenchie Davis, and America picked Beverly McClellan at the top of the show, it was Blake Shelton’s turn to pick who to save after Adam Levine and Ceelo Green’s teams performed for the first time on live television.

America had chosen to advance Dia Framps after her amazing version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” last week on the show. It was also the most-downloaded iTunes performance by Team Blake since the airing, (iTunes downloads counts for votes on this show). Blake was left with the difficult decision of only choosing one other member to advance: between country heart throb Patrick Thomas, whose voice rivals American Idol’s new winner Scotty McCreery, Jared Blake the father moonlighting as a rockstar, and the young and adorable Xenia.

I wouldn’t know who to pick, but I was shocked that America didn’t send through Patrick. Blake looked to be in shock and heartbroken over having to pick who to go with, visibly uncomfortable in his chair while he delayed until the last possible second (NBC cut out in many cities across America at this point). I’m sure jaws hit the floor across the world when the shy, and cute-as-a-button Xenia was picked over the experienced and ready-for-radio Patrick and Jared. Mine sure did.

Blake’s reasoning, for those who missed out on the end of the show, was that he could help blossom Xenia’s career now more than he could for the boys. He thinks that he could change her career for the better, and that the boys are ready now for the industry.

Do you agree with Blake’s choices, or do you think his team suffered a huge setback tonight?

The Voice returns next week at 9 ET. Blake is on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tomorrow night as the second guest.