'The Voice' recap: Adam Wakefield, other three finalists give it their all in final performances
By Ellen Back
For The Baltimore Sun|
May 24, 2016 | 10:35 AM
Adam Wakefield, the country-rock singer who spent a decade in Baltimore's music scene, was one of the four finalists who sang their hearts out on last night's Season 10 finale of "The Voice."
This time around, each coach had one artist representing his or her team in the competition. The finalists fought hard to win over America's votes during a night of jam-packed performances. Each artist had three chances to show the audience what they were made of: A new cover, a duet with their coach, and finally, an original song they wrote or co-wrote themselves.
The first pair to perform a duet was Wakefield and his coach, Blake Shelton, singing "The Conversation" by Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings. The two looked like a couple of old best friends — sounding natural and complementing each other's different tunes. Wakefield's soul/funk band Old Man Brown played in music clubs throughout Baltimore from 2003 to 2013.
In Adam Levine's corner, Laith Al-Saadi kicked off the night singing "White Room" by Cream. Laith's blusey, classic rock vibe coupled with his epic guitar skills not only makes him unique but a force to be reckoned with. Blake gave credit to Laith's guitar-playing abilities despite previously telling Laith to play less and sing more. Coach Adam also commended his artist, saying he is "what's missing from the show."
Representing Christina Aguilera, California mom Alisan Porter turned heads singing her original song, "Down That Road." The song was a testament to the journey she's been on throughout the show — from overcoming addiction to following her dreams and focusing on her career in music. Coach Adam praised her talent, saying Alisan has an incredible voice, and Coach Christina said she was the epitome of "The Voice."
Next up, Pharrell's artist, Hannah Huston, sang "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. The slow and moody rendition was a big risk, but luckily, it paid off. Hannah's performance was full of range and dynamics. Adam and Blake gave it a big thumbs-up and Coach Pharrell was prouder than ever.
Laith returned to the stage with Coach Adam for their duet of "Carry That Weight" by The Beatles. Adam rocked the drums while Laith shredded his guitar, and they sounded great together.
Soon after, Alisan and Coach Christina gave the boys a run for their money, singing James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend." The powerhouse vocalists made for a perfect pairing.
The next artist to sing an original song was Adam Wakefield. "Lonesome, Broken, and Blue" was bluesy and emotional. Blake raved about the lyrics of the true country song, and Pharrell was impressed by all the different sides of his artistry.
In the last duet, Hannah and her coach sang Pharrell's "Brand New," which features Justin Timberlake in the original track. Hannah did a great job filling in, but the upbeat performance got a little too hectic at times.
Laith had an opportunity to show off his raspy vocals with his original song "Morning Light." It was a solid performance but definitely not one of the best. Although the song's message was heartfelt and emotional, the guitar solos may have overpowered his singing abilities a tad.
For Adam Wakefield's final performance, he sang a cover of Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name." It was the perfect mix of country, pop and bluegrass. Christina enjoyed it, saying he never disappoints and Adam said he had amazing taste as an artist.
Hannah's last and final performance, of "I Call the Shots," was co-written by her with Coach Pharrell. Hannah confidence was at an ultimate high, and Pharrell said he was honored to be a part of the process.
Alisan closed out the night singing a cover of "Somewhere" from "West Side Story." Hoping to be the first artist of a female coach to win the competition, Alisan poured her heart out on that stage. Coach Christina and Pharrell gave it up with a standing ovation.