The Voice Adds Another Michigan Singer to the Competition, Battles Begin

Fenton, MI — October 19, 2022

Coach John Legend was the last to fill out his team during the blind auditions for The Voice. He added another talented singer from Michigan, bringing to three the competitors from the mitten state that are featured on this year’s edition of NBC’s popular singing competition.

Blake Shelton and John Legend star on The Voice / Photo Courtesy of NBC

SOLsong — Team Legend

Age: 28
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Resident: Ann Arbor, MI

SOLsong was raised on music and found his voice in the church. His mother, grandmothers, and aunts were all avid singers, and one of his aunts is a famous blues singer. SOLsong’s connection to mariachi and Latin music stems from his biological roots. His father has Latin ancestry but was not present in his life. SOLsong connected to his heritage and family through music, thanks to his middle school and high school choir teacher. Fluent in Spanish, SOLsong also spent a year in Spain, where he learned how to perform flamenco music. SOLsong studied classical music at Eastern Michigan University, where he met the love of his life. Two fellow musicians, this pair have been together for 11 years.

Unfortunately, SOLsong was eliminated as the Battle Rounds began.

The Battle Rounds

During the Battle Rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together. The artists are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the next round.

After each vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his or her artists will advance to the next round of competition. Each coach will have one save, and one steal in the Battle Rounds. The losing artist is available to be saved by their own coach, but with the steals still in play, the artist could potentially choose to go with a different coach, leading to even tougher decisions for the coaches and artists. Artists who won their battle, were saved by their own coach, or were stolen by another coach will advance to the Knockouts.

Benny Weag and Brayden Lape Perform Parker McCollum’s “Pretty Heart”

Blake Shelton pitted Benny Weag against Michigan’s Brayden Lape. Benny came to the competition with much more experience than Brayden. Lape is only 15 years old, while Weag is almost twice that.

However, Coach Shelton gave Brayden the nod for the better performance advancing him to the Knockout Rounds.

Still to come is Sadie Bass, the final Michigan performer, singing for Team Gwen. Sadie will look to keep alive her dream of winning The Voice. We will just have to wait another week to see how her Battle comes out.