The Voice returns to NBC on Monday, Sept. 25 with a coaching quartet of Reba McEntire, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan.
Here’s more about CORii.
* CORii is the stage name for Belmont Music grad Courtney Halpin MacBride, who hails from Moorestown, N.J.
* She has already released six singles as CORii and The Voice will mark the second NBC show on which she’s appeared.
* CORii was featured in a Songland episode that aired in April 2020 as one of four artists pitching songs to Louis Fonsi.
* She performed a song called “What If” on the show. It was well-received, but not chosen by Fonsi because of how much he would have needed to change the song to fit his style of music.
* CORii wound up releasing the song, which she wrote with Bruce Wiegner (aka Bruiser). It now has more than 500,000 streams on Spotify. You can check it out below.
* CORii’s family had planned a viewing party with more than 200 family and friends on the night her episode of Songland aired. But according to an article in her hometown Moorestown Sun, her husband tested positive for COVID-19 and she was feeling ill as well, so they had to watch from home instead.
* Still, in a late 20200 interview with Voyage LA, CORii called the Songland appearance “hands down the best experience of my life” to that point.
* She told VoyageLA she started taking singing seriously in high school. “I specialize in performing and singing my heart out and connecting to others,” she told the site.
* After graduating from Berklee with a degree in music therapy, she worked at a dueling piano bar called Howl at the Moon for two and half years, saving up money so she could move to L.A. and pursue music.
* She wound up moving back to New Jersey when her doctor husband was offered a residency on the East Coast.
* Since “What If,” she’s released two more singles, “Live 2wice” and “My Own Hero.”
* More recently, she and her husband have welcomed their first child, a son named Brook, and performed what she called her “dream role” in Spring Awakening at the Grand Theater in Williamstown, N.J.