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Meet and hear more from Brennley Brown


Brennley Brown of The Voice Season 12.Her audition: Brennley Brown, 14, of Apple Valley, Calif., auditioned with Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy.” She was well into the performance before Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys turned around, prompting Brennley to start jumping around the stage. Blake pitched his country music connection and it worked. Brennley joined Team Blake.

Her background: She grew up on the ranch with a lot of chores, including cleaning out the horse stalls. But the bubbly teen says that was fine with her; it taught her responsibility. She says one of her earliest performances was in a kindergarten talent show at age 6. She sang “Mississippi Girl” by Faith Hill and tossed her pink cowgirl hat into the crowd. And with that, she was hooked on music. Oh, and Brennley says she’s a huge fan of The Voice; she’s been watching the show since age 8.

What the show didn’t show:

* She lists her preferred musical genres as county, pop and blues.

* Brennley is the voice of “Lily” on the Disney Channel’s Emmy Award winning show “Sofia the First.”

* According to her Facebook bio, the 14-year-old is working on a debut album.

* Her website bio indicates that she started singing professionally at age 8.

* At age 9, Brennley was invited to get a guest soloist at the U.S. Open Championships in New York and performed in front of 25,000 people at Arthur Ashe Stadium. She wound up performing at the event three years in a row.

* She also sang the national anthem for a Ben Carson presidential rally in September 2015.

* Just last year, Brennley auditioned for Season 11 of America’s Got Talent with the Rolling Stones’ song “Wild Horses.” She was eliminated during the judges’ cuts, when the show reduces the number of acts from 20 to seven.

* In an America’s Got Talent video extra, Brennley excitedly explained that was her second time singing for Simon Cowell. The first came when she spotted him on the street at age 10, ran up to him and asked if she could sing for him. “I just belted my little face off and he said, ‘Come back when you’re old enough (to audition).'”

* The fact that the age limit for The Voice dropped from 15 in Season 11 to 13 this spring allowed her to audition. As for her blind audition song, she said “Stupid Boy” was a song she felt girls her age could relate to.

* As for picking Blake — well, Brennley said Alicia made a very good pitch, but she heard her dad from backstage shouting, “Go with your roots.” Said Brennley: “I have very deep roots in country music. I grew up on a ranch. I’ve listened to old school country music from my dad. And I’ve been listening to Blake since I was really young.”

Keeping up with Brennley:
Twitter: @BrennleyBrown

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