Spensha Baker, a 24-year-old aspiring star from San Antonio, Texas, blew two judges away with her soulful rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” during night four of the blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice” March 6. The popular ballad has, of course, been covered many times, but Spensha made it her own.
Inside the musical ring, Spensha, who wore her hair in a high bun and donned a flower-themed dress, poured her whole heart into her solo. Not only did she soar on all of the high notes, she also incorporated some epic runs into her performance, while accompanied by a country-leaning backing track.
Coaches Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson couldn’t help but look at each other with smiles of approval. After former “American Idol” champ Kelly signaled a “3-2-1” countdown to her rival country coach, the two simultaneously turned their chairs around for the hopeful singer. And, even though fellow coaches Adam Levine and Alicia Keys stayed put, they had plenty of compliments to share after Spensha’s spectacular “Blackbird” rendition.
“I love the fact that you took one of my favorite songs and did it your way. That makes me sad that I didn’t turn around,” Adam admitted.
Alicia added, “You are so special and so unique. I really enjoyed listening to your beautiful rendition. To have these two coaches to choose from its going to be incredible for you, so congratulations.”
Kelly, who made sure to mention that she and Spensha were both Texans, then praised the singer for “feeling every part” of her performance.
“I grew up in church, so it was almost like you were worshipping while singing that song,” she raved. “Everybody’s going to believe everything that you say, and that was a beautiful message. It was a perfect song, too.”
Blake followed up Kelly’s comments by applauding Spensha for her “slow vibrato” and “low notes.”
He then added, “Today marks my 14th anniversary as a coach, and you would be the greatest gift to me.”
As it turns out, Blake did receive his “greatest gift,” because Spensha chose Team Blake! Watch her perform “Blackbird” in the video below.