Brooke's voice takes her to Final 4 in series

Posted 12/13/17

Tuesday was a big night for NBC's national singing competition on "The Voice" as the Final 8 was pared down to the Final 4 for next week's finals.Former Lee University student Brooke Simpson was …

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Brooke's voice takes her to Final 4 in series


Tuesday was a big night for NBC’s national singing competition on “The Voice” as the Final 8 was pared down to the Final 4 for next week’s finals.

Former Lee University student Brooke Simpson was among the top three to automatically move forward in the competition Tuesday, and these three spots determined by Monday night’s performances.

Simpson, who was the third singer selected to advance, was preceded by Chloe Kohanski and Addison Agen.

These three young ladies had dominated the earlier rounds of competition and the weekly iTunes ratings nationwide.

With the top three advancing, the Final 8 field was trimmed to five, with only one spot remaining in the finals.

The two low vote getters from Monday’s competition, Keisha Renee and Davon Fleming, were automatically eliminated Tuesday night. Davon’s departure was somewhat of a shock to many voters.

This left three competitors for a sing-off for the fourth and final spot in the finals, to be determined by social media voters from across the nation.

In the sing-off were young Noah Mac, and older country music singers, Adam Cunningham and Red Marlow.

The three were then singing for “their life” on “The Voice.”

Marlow opened up with “Dixie Delight,” Noah Max had a rendition of “Sign of the Times,” and Adam Cunningham’s song was another country favorite “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares.”

Once the brief voting period was concluded, it was announced that Marlow would join the three young lady singers in next week’s finals.

Among the ironies of this year’s competition, Simpson is the member of the Final 4 who lives the farthest from Cleveland.

She nows resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while Marlow is from Dickson, Kohanski calls Nashville home, and Agen is from Fort Wayne, Ind.

In Monday’s competition, Chloe sang “I Want to Know What Loved Is”, Addison was second on iTunes with “Both Sides Now”, and Addison was fourth with “Faithfully” by Journey.

Simpson’s move into the Top 4 gives Coach Miley Cyrus her first-ever finalist on “The Voice.” 

Coach Blake Shelton has two finalists in Kohanski and Marlow, while Agen represents Coach Adam Levine. The final two members of Jennifer Hudson’s team, Fleming and Mac, were eliminated Tuesday.

Simpson, 26, attended Cleveland’s Lee University for a couple of years, studying music and the ministry. She left in 2013 to get married, continue her studies, and now lives in Florida.

She is a full-blooded Native American, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe. She grew up with her family on tribal grounds.

She says she began singing at the age of 7 with her parents, who are full-time evangelists. That childhood guided her into music and the ministry.

If she wins “The Voice” this year, she will be the second person with Lee University ties to win in three years. Lee graduate Jordan Smith won “The Voice” in 2015.

Marlow is strictly country, and the “old man” of the Final 4 at 40. He is originally from Rogersville, Ala., and now lives in Dickson.

His father is a preacher, so growing up he was exposed to a lot of bluegrass and gospel. At 22, he moved to Nashville to further his music career, but struggled to break through as a solo artist.

Recently, he took a step back from music to start a construction company to support his family. He says that although he enjoys the construction work, the show has given him one last shot to see if he can make music his full-time job.

Kohanski, 23, is from Nashville and still lives there. 

Miley was one of her musical inspirations growing up. She has always

wanted to be a singer, but after graduation decided to go to college to be an English teacher.

Soon after, she realized that wasn’t for her, so she quit school and started playing in a blues band. Her decision to pursue music wasn’t exactly what her parents hoped for, as they have always been concerned that the music industry is unpredictable. 

The show is Chloe’s chance, she said, to make her parents proud and get validation of her musical talent. Agen, 16, is one of the youngest to ever reach the finals.

She had never been on a plane before flying out to audition for the show.

Raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., she started singing when she was only 4 years old.

When she was 9, her father bought a record store that gave Addison the opportunity to explore many different genres and musical influences. She began songwriting when she was 11, and recently, her father built a stage inside the shop so she could perform.

Her coach, Levine, said she is perhaps the most musically well-rounded of all the competitors.

Addison’s mother is a musical therapist at nursing homes. She loves to help her mom by singing at the nursing homes and getting the residents excited about music.


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