(NEW YORK) — Before the top 11 artists on The Voice performed on Monday night, the four coaches paused to reflect on the life and musical achievements of Prince, who died last week.
With the Voice set bathed in purple light — a nod to Prince’s signature color — Adam Levine called the singer “one of the most profound musical influences on me.”
Pharrell Williams remembered listening to the Purple Rain soundtrack as a kid. He said, “It’s a shock, we’re going to miss him. Every time I see purple, and I know everybody else here, too…we will definitely think of Prince.”
Christina Aguilera praised the way Prince stood up for artists’ rights, while Blake Shelton commented, “His music still to this day can change my day, can change my mood.”
Following the tributes, Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing took the stage. She belted out “The Climb,” by recent Voice advisor Miley Cyrus. Blake said the song stays true to Shalyah’s story on the show. Christina appreciated the fact that it showcased a different side of Shalyah. Adam raved about how Shalyah is “unbelievably advanced” from a talent perspective.
Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell sang a slow version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” inspired by a Pink cover of the tune. Christina complimented the work Pharrell has done with Daniel. Pharrell said Daniel took his time and worked the room, adding that the last note was “crazy.”
Team Blake’s Paxton Ingram drew a long ovation from the studio audience with his rendition of Tasha Cobbs’ “Break Every Chain.” Pharrell said Paxton had unleashed the power. Blake remarked that it was the first time Paxton had opened up his heart to the audience.
Owen Danoff of Team Adam, who was instantly saved by viewers during last week’s results show, played “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor. Adam said Owen represents something different from the other artists, and he’s happy to “carry that torch” with him.
Mary Sarah sang Heidi Newfield’s “Johnny & June” for Team Blake. Her coach complimented her on making the song her own. He also encouraged her to try yodeling; she promised to make an effort.
Alisan Porter of Team Christina performed “Stay With Me, Baby” by Lorraine Ellison. Adam said she was amazing. Blake said Alisan owned the stage. Christina said Alisan was showing her kids what it’s like to chase after your dreams.
Alisan’s teammate, Bryan Bautista, followed up with Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” Adam said Bryan has the tools to succeed. Christina loved what she heard, pointing out his accuracy.
Adam Wakefield of Team Blake covered “Lights” by Journey. Adam Levine emphasized that the contestant traversed a lot of musical ground. Blake said he literally can’t even think of the notes that Adam delivers.
Nick Hagelin of Team Christina performed John Mayer’s “Your Body Is A Wonderland.” Blake, referencing Nick’s appearance, joked that it was as if Jason Bourne picked up a guitar and played the song in the middle of a movie. Christina touted Nick’s energy on the stage.
Hannah Huston did Team Pharrell proud with her take on Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Pharrell said it was an eloquent performance that showed range. He wondered, “Where does all that feeling come from?”
Team Adam’s Laith Al-Saadi closed out the night with a rocking version of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain.” Blake called him a “breath of fresh air.” Adam, running out of time, simply declared, “You’re amazing, and I love you!”
One of these artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
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