And you’ll be hard-pressed to find one more impressive than Rebecca Brunner’s version of Audra Day’s “Rise Up.”
Rebecca is a pop-soul singer from Michigan who recently graduated with a degree in music from Columbia College in Chicago.
According to her website bio, she’s tried out for The Voice on at least two other occasions, in 2013 and 2014, making it to the second round of auditions each time.
Based on the promo banner emblazoned on her Twitter page, she did better yet when she auditioned for Season 13.
Which isn’t surprising considering her resume. She’s performed with several bands, including the neo-soul, hip-hop group OBY in Chicago.
She was a background vocalist when Sir The Baptist performed on the “Late night with Seth Myers.” She’s performed at The House of Blues and The Metro in Chicago.
She began singing at age 5, using music as an emotional outlet after losing her father to cancer, according to a bio on Chicago’s FAME (Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment) website. She learned piano at age 8 and began writing her own songs at age 10.
In a Columbia Chronicle video, Rebecca says her appreciation for Alicia Keys’s music provided the inspiration to learn piano.
She also says that she’s now focused on her solo music, including working on a debut EP.
“I would definitely say I have this gritty, raspy, neo-soul, R&B thing,” she says in that introductory video. “I grew up singing country music, so I used to sing at country festivals and (sang) a lot of different styles of music. But I really fell in love with soul.”
Rebecca hasn’t yet released solo music of her own, but she’s featured on a pair of tracks available on iTunes — “Isolated” by Sammy Paroah (2016) and “Think of You” by Ryan Dominic (2017).
Below, you can check out one of her originals, “Shattered Glass,” and that aforementioned cover of “Rise Up.” And here are her available social media links.
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.