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California native Keisha Renee may consider herself a soul singer, but her aspirations to follow the country route are sure paying off. In fact, she won her knockout round against fellow Team Blake singer Kathrina Feigh during “The Voice” on Nov. 6.


Prior to her performance, Kathrina showed her strength on Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” Kathrina, 24, who Blake stole during the battle rounds, dazzled in a sparkly green dress and showed off her booming voice on all of the high notes.

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Even though Kathrina was fierce in her moment, Keisha — a 30-year-old single mother — delivered a confident cover of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” which she dedicated to her two-year-old daughter. When she took the stage, it was clear the ballad meant a lot to her, as she played to the crowd using hand gestures and even finished up the song with a subtle solo dance.

“Keisha, honey, that was beautiful. Wow, you’re just an effortless, flawless singer and then I loved when you started to dance. It showed that you were in control, every step of the way,” coach Jennifer Hudson said, “And Kathrina, girl, you set this place on fire. You sure did.”

“Kathrina, I think that was a perfect song to represent you. You had so much fire in your eyes and in your spirit. You put the heat into the fire,” coach Miley Cyrus added. “Keisha, I’d love to see your face in country music right now.”

Adam Levine then said, “Kathrina, Miley’s right. It’s the perfect choice and you’re doing a great job. Keisha, you’re refreshingly just a different thing all together.”

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In the end, coach Blake Shelton picked country-leaning Keisha to move on to the next round even though he though Kathrina was also incredibly talented.

“The thing that excites me the most about Keisha is that soulful sound that she has, to be able to bring that into the country music world on this platform that is so exciting to me,” Blake said.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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