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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 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
Continue reading to meet the rest of the newest members of Team Blake….
Nicolle Galyon is a study in contradiction. She grew up in the tiny town of Sterling, Kansas, but thrives in the big city of Nashville. She writes songs for country music, but she’s trained in classical piano.
With that said, it makes sense that country singer Nicolle would end up on rocker Adam Levine’s team on NBC’s smash singing competition “The Voice.” As you will find out, she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The 27-year-old moved to Nashville after graduating from high school. She enrolled in Belmont University’s Music Business program and was focusing on a career behind the scenes in the music business. But her undeniable talent wouldn’t let that happen. She secretly began writing songs in her spare time. Thanks to the urging of her friends, she entered a few of her songs into the Songwriter’s Showcase Series at Belmont. Her success there opened up some doors, which opened up more doors, which led her to a publishing deal with Warner Music Nashville, where she has been a staff songwriter since 2007.
Several of her songs have made it onto records — including a pair by a certain American Idol alum. But the voices singing those songs — telling her stories — weren’t hers. That’s one of the main reasons she auditioned for “The Voice.” She decided her love of music was greater than her fear of failure. Score one for love.
The auditions were back in October, how hard was it to not say anything to anyone?
The Band Perry is up for Best New Artist Award at tomorrow night’s GRAMMY Awards. Kimberly, Neil and Reid are up against non-country performers Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. So what are the odds of TBP taking home the trophy? Recent history says, pretty good. Overall, history, not so much.
Recently country performers have done very well with the Best New Artist category. Recent winners include The Zac Brown Band (2009), Carrie Underwood (2006), Shelby Lynne (2000) and LeAnn Rimes (1996). Before that, we have to go all the way back to Bobbie Gentry in 1967, the same year The Beatles took home the Album of the Year Award for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Gentry also won a GRAMMY that year for Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance for “Ode To Billie Joe.” I’d certainly count that as country!)
Big Country, as he has been dubbed by fellow coach and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, has so far chosen three team members.
We previously introduced you to Blake’s first team member, RaeLynn. The 17-year-old from Baytown, Texas auditioned with a song closely connected to Blake by going with a track by his wife, Miranda Lambert‘s, band. RaeLynn kicked off Season 2 by performing a really great cover of the Pistol Annies‘, “Hell On Heels.”
The team members are all keeping blogs on The Voice official website. You should check out the complete posts, but here is a snippet of what RaeLynn had to say about joining Team Blake:
Fast forward and here I am, on Blake Shelton’s team! I’m honored to be led by one of my musical inspirations. AND so excited about this opportunity and being on The Voice!
Follow RaeLynn on Twitter: @raelynnofficial
Continue reading to check out Team Blake members Gwen and Jermaine…
NBC’s “The Voice” is charging up its second season by bringing in not just star power, but superstar power.
The network announced the addition of Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Lionel Richie, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo, Babyface and Robin Thicke. The stars will all serve as advisors once the show reaches the battle rounds.
Country’s super couple had some friends over to their Oklahoma home for New Year’s festivities. Music star, Kelly Clarkson; fellow The Voice coach and Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine; and Levine’s girlfriend, supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna, were in attendance to ring in 2012.
Vyalitsyna tweeted, “Best New Year’s ever!!!” along with this picture from the night:
Thanks, Anne, for sharing the picture!
What a fun group of people! Oh, and I mentioned adding a Lambert-Shelton shindig to the bucket list. Well, I want Kelly and Adam at the party too! I do not ask for much. How about an invite for 2013?