California-born singer turned Tennessee resident Kristi Hoopes nabbed the final spot on Team Blake during “The Voice” blind auditions on Oct. 10.
The self-described “hippie chick with twang” was a perfect fit for country crooner Blake Shelton’s squad, as she finds inspiration in both current and traditional country artists.
“The person that has inspired me the most is Loretta Lynn,” Kristi explained in a pre-taped segment prior to her performance. “In my third grade talent show I ended up doing her rendition of ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.’ I had pink boots and a little hat!”
Kristi didn’t relive that childhood moment when she walked out onto the stage though. Instead, she pulled from the catalog of Trisha Yearwood, and performed “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” for the panel of judges.
With hopes to complete their teams with the promising artist, longtime coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and newbie Jennifer Hudson all turned their chairs around.
“Kristi, I think that you’re brilliant and I don’t think you’re a cookie-cutter artist,” Adam said. “There’s a plethora of country artists on Blake’s team. You got a completely open field on my team. You’d be the only country artist. I believe that that would give you a much better chance at doing what I think you can do, which is win this thing.”
“I just love your sass,” Jennifer added. “You have a big voice–and I know a little bit about that, too! I think it would be exciting to go outside the norm … It could separate you from the other country artists by standing alone.”
Blake, who argued that neither of the other coaches knew the song, added, “Here’s my point. I know that there are artists that are your heroes. When it’s the time to pull from one of those people, you have such a big range that opens up the door for all kinds of different ears of country music. What I do is country freaking music!”
Well said, Blake.