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Meet and hear more from We McDonald of The Voice Season 11

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We McDonald turned four chairs with her blind audition for Season 11 of The Voice. (NBC Photo)Her audition: We Ani McDonald, 17, of Harlem, N.Y., auditioned with a fine rendition of “Feeling Good,” starting out a cappella and delivering a big ending. Well before that ending, three coaches were facing in her direction. Adam Levine turned near the end, making We the first four-chair turn recipient of Season 11. Alicia Keyes said she couldn’t believe how good We’s voice is; We decided to become a member of Team Alicia, saying everything she heard from her new coach “felt honest and real.”

Her background: We told the coaches she was bullied in school for the longest time. “I was ashamed of who I was,” We said. According to her Voice bio, the teasing was because of the thick glasses she wore and her high speaking voice. She started singing when her older sister expressed an interest in performing, and got her start in music by joining her at talent shows. Since then, We has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theatre and decided to make a career of music.

What the show didn’t show:
* According to a profile in Tween Girl Style Magazine, We began singing at age 4 and began acting at age 6.
* She told the site she comes from a long line of singers and entertainers, “so singing is in my blood. At one point, I felt very alone and I didn’t know how to express my feelings. I found a way to do that through music and I wanted to touch other people who felt the way I did.”
* She’s been attending the Harlem School of the Arts and performed at its 50th anniversary gala in October.
* She’s a two-time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo and finished second in the venue’s Top Dog Amateur Night in November.
* She’s a past recipient of the Clive Davis Institute’s Future Music Moguls Merit Scholarship at NYU.

Keeping up with We:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter: @we_mcdonald

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2 Comments

  1. Jan Lynch December 19, 2016 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Hope to see and hear more of We McDonald! She is a beautiful, talented, and highly professional singer at such a young age! So refreshing! Want to hear more and more!!!

  2. Terrence Peters December 22, 2016 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    No one has touched my heart like We McDonald, she is someone who sings from the soul….I just cannot say enough about her talent. I for one will buy anything she records and Hopefully she will get a recording contract soon. Someone like her is a once in a lifetime talent…I would put her voice in the same category as Lena and Ella she is truly phenomenal.

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