The Voice has been narrowed down to the top five contestants, who will compete in next week’s semi-finals, all of whom are making another giant leap closer to achieving their musical dreams. Team Pharrell was the most successful group, with two of the five semi-finalists. Teams Adam, Blake and Xtina are all down to their last hope.
First to make it through to the semi-finals was Sawyer Fredericks from Team Pharrell (Pharrell Williams). As the youngest semi-finalist, he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, from his participation in The Voice competition. With back-to-back solid acts this week, despite his youth, he has already recorded his own album, which makes him a competitor to keep a close eye on. Fredericks also performs at a local farmer’s market in Upstate New York once a week; although not familiar with the large crowds present at The Voice performances and possessing a shy personality, he is ready to show off his talent. The country boy is at his best behind his guitar.
Meghan Linsey from Team Blake is also a 2015 semi-finalist on The Voice. She too grew up with music. Raised in New Orleans, she became a band’s lead singer by the age of 14. Moving to Nashville to further her musical dreams, Linsey performed in Steel Magnolia, a duo, who won the CMT show Can You Duet. They landed a record deal and were the support act for Blake Shelton on a national tour. The duo broke up after the stress of years on the road took hold. As fate would have it, Linsey is now Blake’s only competitor left on The Voice. She hopes the competition can assist in launching her own solo career.
Koryn Hawthorne is the second member of Team Pharrell to advance through to next week’s semi-finals. For the past nine years, she has been sharing her musical talent as part of a local singing group that performs at benefits, nursing homes and competitions. Although young, she already knows that singing is her future and is more than prepared to put in the hard yards to achieve this dream. Hawthorne has a mature voice for her age.
The last artist to automatically make it through to the semi-finals was Joshua Davis from Team Adam (Adam Levine). Music was Davis’s hobby growing up, playing in bands during his schooling years, when his heart was with theater. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater and realized he wanted to work full-time in music during a college summer camp. He started a band and played at festivals. After the birth of his daughter, he decided to just perform locally. He hopes he can support his family through his music, thanks to The Voice.
India Carney had to battle her way through an instant save on The Voice against another member of Team Xtina (Christina Aguilera) to make a semi-final berth. Music has been a big part of her life. Whilst in junior high, she was classically trained in opera during a stint at a performing arts school. She was awarded a place in a classical music program at UCLA, where she formed a band. They were even the support act for The Roots. As she is closing in on graduation, she wants to move on from being a student of music to professional singer, and hopes The Voice can help her achieve this dream.
With all competitors on The Voice so passionate about music and desperate to achieve their musical dreams, one can only expect the semi-finals to be hard-fought. One can guarantee that dreams will be made and hearts broken as part of this competition.
By Rebecca Brown
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