Hear this “The Voice” favorite’s soulful Judds cover during the live playoffs YouTube/The Voice
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You might say that the first night of the live playoffs on “The Voice” saved the best for last, because Team Blake’s Keisha Renee totally brought her A game.

The 30-year-old country soul singer from California gave the panel of coaches goose bumps with her mountain moving cover of “Love Can Build a Bridge” by the Judds.

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Keisha, who has been known to use hand gestures in her performances, put emphasis on every important lyric in that way during the verses. She also soared on the major high notes at just the right time, making the entire performance unforgettable.

“Sweetheart, you are the bridge between gospel and country,” coach Jennifer Hudson said.

“I have never heard a version of that song sound anything like that,” Adam Levine added, before poking fun at bromance buddy Blake Shelton. “As dumb as Blake is, in most ways, I’m not sure he’s dumb enough to let you go.”

“That song is iconic in country music, and you took it now to another level,” Blake then raved. “You’re special, and I’m starting to sound like I’m in your fan club, or a groupie. Screw it, I’m in your fan club.”

When it came time for Blake to choose which three artists to keep for his team, Keisha topped the list!

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“The first artist that I’m going to move forward, I mean, it’s undeniable. Every time they get in front of a microphone something incredible happens – and that’s Keisha,” Blake said, prompting the studio audience to give the singer a round of applause.


Keisha now joins fellow Team Blake frontrunners Red Marlow and Chloe Kohanski for the live shows. The live performances begin Nov. 20 on NBC.

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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