And you probably never heard about it.
In the summer of 2016, The Voice launched its first Snapchat competition. Singers were invited to send Snapchat clips of themselves performing. Then each of the Season 11 coaches — Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — selected teams and finalists.
Shi’Ann, just 14 at the time, auditioned with “Who’s Loving You” by The Jackson Five. Out of 20,000 submissions, the teen from Bowling Green, Ken., eventually made it all the way to the finals for Team Alicia Keys.
She didn’t win; that honor went to A.J. Mitchell of Los Angeles. But that introduction to The Voice clearly led to bigger things. Shi’Ann is among the contestants rumored to make a team on Season 13 of The Voice. And you won’t need a Voice app to track her progress this time.
In a interview with the Bowling Green Daily News last fall, Shi’Ann said she’s been singing since age 3 and that her father, Ricky, has been her coach ever since.
She also plays piano, one reason it was a special thrill to be selected to represent Team Alicia. Her song for the finals was a cover of “At Last” by Etta James that I’ve embedded below.
Shi’Ann told the newspaper the singers she enjoys listening to include Demi Lovato, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston. But she said she also draws lots of inspiration from her dad.
“I want to be like my dad because he sang and played the piano a little bit,” she said.
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.