Numerous talented Georgia singers made it past the “blind auditions” stage of NBC’s The Voice, and will now compete in the 9th season’s “battle rounds.”
Artist/producer Pharrell picked the most Georgia vocalists for his team, including Atlantans Darius Scott, Riley Biederer and Sydney Rhame (the final artist Pharrell added to his team on the Oct. 6th broadcast) along with Hinesville, Georgia native Celeste Betton, now living in New York.
Atlanta’s Regina Love, who comes from a family of gospel singers, wowed judges Adam Lambert and Blake Shelton with her fiery rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady;” Lambert eventually secured her for his team. Shelton’s team, meanwhile, includes Marietta’s Zach Seabaugh, a sports enthusiast who only recently began singing,
Calhoun’s Ellie Lawrence (pictured), who grew up in tiny Crandall, Georgia, made perhaps the biggest splash in this early stage of season nine. Not only did she win over judge Gwen Stefani with her rendition of Jermaine Stewart’s 1986 hit “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off,” but her version of the song subsequently went to number 4 on iTunes’ USA Alternative Charts.
We wish all the best for each of the Georgia artists on The Voice this season!