Chevel Shepherd reflects on her journey to the top of The Voice competition – KOB’s Tessa Mentus traveled to L.A. to catch up with Shepherd and to look back on her journey to the top. She got a sneak peek at a rehearsal duet with Shepherd and Kelly Clarkson but it remains top secret until Monday evening. – Read more at KOB.com
Kirk Jay on performing in ‘The Voice’ finals: ‘It’s all joy’ – The NBC reality series, which draws millions of viewers each week, offers the biggest career opportunity he’s ever had. And Jay — who typically performs at nightclubs and festivals with his band, Kirk Jay & Kuntry Funk — says he’s determined to make the most of it. “It’s all about how you live in your moment,” says Jay, whose offstage name is Kirk Johnson. “You’ve got to go out there with a level of confidence. Each week, every week, is all nerves. Everything happens so fast. But it’s all joy.” – Read more at AL.com
Carrie Underwood Claps Back at a Hater
A Sports Illustrated producer dissed Carrie’s new Sunday Night Football song. Carrie responded. (Feelings about the new song are pretty divided, to be honest).
Hey, I know my music isn’t for everyone, but I love what I do and I love being a part of @SNFonNBC ! ?? I am one lucky lady! I also love women who build other women up…just saying…? https://t.co/F4yuNGKj0M
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 17, 2018
Sorry that I dissed ‘Game On’ in my tweet about Cris Collinsworth’s slides. I didn’t mean to upset Carrie or her fans, and I'm all about supporting women too. I just miss ‘Waiting all day for Sunday Night.'
— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) December 17, 2018
Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson Continues Hawaii Vacation
The two won a vacation at a Disney Hawaiian resort for coming in first and second respectively (And maybe because they are dating?) The Top 50 are/will be in town too, set to perform a showcase.
Kelly Clarkson Says Aretha Franklin Is the ‘Reason I’m Not So Shy’ as She Pays Tribute to Late Star – “When I was a kid … I know it’s hard to believe, but I was actually shy when I was little,” Clarkson, 36, said while paying tribute to Franklin on ABC’s 2018: In Memoriam. Hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts and executive-produced by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, the show will air Monday night on ABC. – Read more People
Scotty McCreery MLive Interview
Singer, Worcester native Alisan Porter joins Daughtry for ’XLO’s Acoustic X-Mas show Dec. 19 – You see, Porter had a voice long before she grabbed the gold on “The Voice” in 2016. So when Porter famously bailed on a record deal that came with the TV show’s winning package, it was shocking to some but garnered tremendous respect. “For me personally, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped,” said Porter. “The difference is that I already existed. I had a publishing deal. I left the label when I felt they didn’t share the same vision and passion for my project as I would have hoped.” Now, Porter is thrilled to deliver the music she feels she was born to make. – Read more at Telegram.com
Singer Billy Gilman, coming to Sands Bethlehem Event Center, says ‘The Voice’ helped him to go from ‘One Voice’ to his own voice – “But that was the turning point for me, where I knew that was the biggest moment at the time for me to show the world, night after night, what this voice was really capable of. And that’s what I’ve been writing, just focusing on, you know, today’s sounds, today’s pop sounds. But with my voice, you know – not leaning on Auto-tune or anything. Really focusing on what God gave me. And I haven’t had that opportunity before. “So ego aside, I’m happy that I did it, because it really has opened up so many more doors, in the right direction that I wanted to go.” Before “The Voice,” Gilman says, “I was very stuck.” – Read more at McCall.com
The Top 4 on Blast – The Voice 2018 (Digital Exclusive)