Another Lee student showing some 'Voice'

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/7/17

Cleveland's Lee University has another great connection to a national music competition.Brooke Simpson, a former Lee student and Native American, currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is now …

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Another Lee student showing some 'Voice'

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Cleveland's Lee University has another great connection to a national music competition.

Brooke Simpson, a former Lee student and Native American, currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is now wowing the judges, and  team captain Miley Cyrus,  on "The Voice," where Lee University already has had one winner.

Simpson graduated from Norlina Christian School in 2009, according to her parents, Jimille and Mike Mills. She then attended Lee University, majoring in music and ministry.

She put her education on hold in 2013 to pursue a music career. She also married Ramos Simpson, who she met in college, and they moved to Fort Lauderdale.

Simpson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe. She grew up on tribal grounds with 4,000 tribal members. She started signing at age 7 with her parents, who are full-time evangelists.

Lee's Jordan Smith won "The Voice" competition in Season 9, and has enjoyed a remarkable singing career since that time. He has continued to climb in the music industry.

Monday evening, Simpson belted out “Natural Woman” during the show's so-called Knockout round. Her victory over teammate Stephan Marcellus lifts her to the competition's Playoff round.

As Gossip Cop reported, Simpson turned all four chairs with her Blind Audition performance  of Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold,” which aired on the season 13 premiere in September.

All the coaches made desperate pitches, with Cyrus telling her, “I’m gonna win this season and I wanna do it with you.”

Fortunately, the aspiring singer wanted to do it with the pop star, too, and chose to join Team Miley. Simpson then went on the Battles round, where she defeated fellow contestant Sophia Bollman.

Now for the third round of the NBC competition, Simpson was tasked with competing against Marcellus, the only male on Cyrus' previously all-female team.

Cyrus explained that she wanted these two to go head to head because they both have “huge voices.”

But unlike the Battles, where the artists perform duets, they had to give solo performances Monday. And for her turn on the stage, Simpson picked the Aretha Franklin classic. In rehearsal, key advisor Kelly Clarkson said Simpson should tone down her performance in the beginning to not take away from what she’s actually singing.

Clarkson thought the competitors' voices were relatively even, but they were different kinds of performers.

Following the big performances, Cyrus was on her feet for Simpson while she and his former coach, Jennifer Hudson, also praised Marcellus. Still, Hudson said about Simpson, “At the end of the day, this show is called ‘The Voice,’ and that girl right there has got a voice.”

Judge Adam Levine was all about Simpson, too, saying, “Where’s the ceiling for this girl? Brooke, I will see you in the finale.”

Fourth judge, Blake Shelton, called this a “tricky one” for Cyrus, and had previously argued that Marcellus has the “X-factor thing.”

Cyrus herself called it a “really tough decision,” but telecast moderators said it was no surprise Simpson scored the win. 

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