Night two of Season 7 of “The Voice” blind auditions (originally airing Sept. 23, 2014) got underway with the judges skipping the opening song and getting right into the auditions. The first night of auditions proved that new judges Gwen Stefani and Pharrell can more than hold their own against veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Let’s recap the singers who auditioned last night in the order of their audition.
Danica Shirey was the first to audition. After some success in music as a teenager she lost her way when her dad died from cancer. Now a stay at home mom with a 4-year-old daughter she has decided to chase her dream once again. Her soulful voice immediately got Adam to turn his chair. About mid-song Pharrell and Gwen joined in. Pharrell begged her to be on his team and with an endorsement from Blake she ended up choosing him.
Joe Kirk – Joe’s mom works as a singer at a resort and he grew up going on stage singing with her. He then moved to Nashville with his brothers who had formed a band. Now it is his turn to try to make his mark in the business. Joe’s smooth voice quickly got Adam and Gwen to turn. Pharrell and Blake soon followed for the first four chair turn of the night. Blake made fun of Pharrell’s hats as they all make good pitches to Joe who ended up choosing Adam.
Menlik Zergabachew – His parents came to America from Ethiopia and worked their way up from nothing to own a restaurant. He eventually dropped out of high school to join a reggae band. He did a version of Sublime’s “Santeria” that captivated Blake and got him to turn his chair. At the last minute Gwen turned her chair as well. Blake knew he likely had no chance against Gwen, but he put up a good fight. In the end Menlik went with the obvious and chose Ska Queen Gwen.
Jimi Milligan – His dad sang doo-wop so he grew up with music, but sadly his dad passed away when Jimi was 19. Jimi has four kids and is married. He is a big guy and is happy to get a chance to be heard before he is seen. He did a pretty good job, but failed to get any chairs turn. Even though he didn’t make it on the show he took the advice to heart and had a great attitude.
Reagan James – She is from the same city as Kelly Clarkson and looks up to her. Her stepfather is a guitar player and strongly influences her musically. She has been singing on stage since she was nine and now at 15 she stuns Carson with her poise. Her unique, ethereal voice got Blake and Gwen to turn their chairs. Pharrell was bummed out that he didn’t push his button. Both Blake and Gwen made strong cases, but it was Blake that won out and scored the talented 15-year-old for his team.
Taylor Phelan – Taylor was in a band that was starting to have some real success when his daughter was born. He gave up on music to better provide for his family and is now looking to “The Voice” for his second shot at a music career. His interesting voice and passionate performance got all four coaches to turn their chairs around and give him a standing ovation. All four coaches fought hard for him. Taylor had said before the audition that he was leaning towards Adam, but in the end he chose Pharrell.
Caitlin Lucia – Caitlin collects Pez dispensers and does a solo, cool acoustic version of “You’re the One That I Want” from the movie “Grease,” but she didn’t get any chairs to turn. The coaches gave her some good advice and invited her to come back another time.
Sugar Joans – Her dad was a successful background singer who worked with some of the biggest acts in the 80’s so music is in her blood. Her raspy voice has the coaches thinking long and hard before Blake and Gwen turned their chairs at the last second. Her name just rolls off of Blake’s tongue who said she has one of the best voices he has heard on the show. Sugar seemed destined for Team Blake, but Gwen made her pitch and much to Blake’s surprise Sugar picked Gwen.
Taylor Brashears – Taylor works in a food truck with her brother,but her real passion is country music. She has an old school country voice that makes the entire panel of coaches smile. Blake sings along, but waits to push his button until the last minute joining Pharrell and Adam. Adam encourages her to break the mold and not choose Blake while Pharrell says he is willing to learn from her. Blake gives her one heck of a strong pitch and she doesn’t need to think for long before choosing him.
Andy Cherry – Andy works at a coffee shop and is a worship leader in his church. He had a deal with a christian record label, but the album didn’t do well so he was dropped from the label. His wife encouraged him to audition for “The Voice.” He got the house rocking, but failed to get any chairs to turn.
The final performance of the night once again had the coaches going to battle with each other. Maiya Sykes also has musical roots with a mom who was a professional background singer and a dad that plays multiple instruments. She went to Princeton and was going to go to law school, but decided to focus on music instead. She has spent the last 20 years trying without getting the big shot. She instantly gets all four coaches to turn their chairs. By the end of her performance Pharrell is on his feet. All four coaches pour it on and give her their best possible pitches, but in the end she chose Pharrell.
With that the second night of “The Voice” blind auditions came to an end. If the preview for next week’s auditions are accurate, it looks like the best is still yet to come.