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Meet Keisha Renee of The Voice Season 13

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Keisha Renee auditioned for Season 13 of The Voice.

Keisha Renee auditioned for Season 13 of The Voice.

Several artists who made a splash as contestants on American Idol have later tried The Voice and have done even better.

That list would include Frenchie King (Top 8, The Voice Season 1), Jamar Rogers (Top 8, The Voice Season 2) and Keith Semple (Top 20, The Voice Season 8).

Sundance Head, who cracked the Top 24 on American Idol Season 6 even came back to win Season 11 of The Voice at age 38.

Now Keisha Renee is going to find out how a second attempt at a singing competition works out for her.

Back in 2011, Keisha auditioned for Season 10 of American Idol. If you don’t recall, that’s the year the final three wound up being Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart. That’s the year the finals also include Casey Abrams, Paul McDonald and Pia Toscano. In other words, it was a remarkably talented group.

Performing as LaKeisha Lewis, Keisha made it to the Top 40 before being cut.

But she hasn’t exactly been twiddling her thumbs musically since then.

She wound up landing a gig as a background singer for Jill Scott. That led to four years as a background singer for Nicki Minaj, including traveling the world as part of Nicki’s Pink Print Tour. More recently, she’s been a background singer on JoJo’s “Mad Love” tour.

Yeah, you might say things have worked out pretty well for Keisha, who got her start singing in church as she grew up in Los Angeles, then began to branch out musically after moving to Houston post-high school.

She’s hoping to branch out even more, as a headlining artist. In fact, many of her Instagram posts include the hashtags “#YourFavoriteBGV (background vocalist) soon to be #YourFavoriteArtist.”

Along the way, Keisha has released a trio of singles –“Lmao,” “Cold Breeze” and “Somebody to Love.”

And at the time of a 2015 interview about her music, Keisha said she was working on a four-track EP featuring three songs with more of an EDM-pop vibe.

“I’m trying to break out of the gospel-ly type thing,” she said, though admitting fans will always likely hear a touch of her gospel background in anything she does.

As for The Voice, Keisha, now 30, would seem to be well positioned for success. Among rumored Season 13 contestants, she has one of the largest social media followings — 11,500 followers on Twitter and nearly 30,000 on Instagram.

Here are links to Keisha’s social media accounts, followed by two of those already released singles.

Instagram
Twitter: @iamkeisharenee
Facebook

The Voice has done it again, rounding up an impressive array of talent for Season 13. Keep checking back for more profiles of the contestants we’ll meet when the blind auditions begin Sept. 25 on NBC. And for complete coverage of The Voice once Season 13 begins.

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