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The Voice Season 17 is well into its Blind Auditions (now Adam Levine-free), and each coach is acquiring several promising singers to flesh out their teams for the next phase of the competition. Among them is Kiara Brown who snagged a spot on Team Gwen and some acclaim from Gwen's beau and rival coach Blake Shelton on her raw singing ability. They weren't just blowing smoke, as Brown has a great singing voice that was on display long before she found her way to The Voice stage.
Before she was singing on stage for a shot to win the NBC competition Kiara Brown was making waves in Las Vegas with her original song she wrote in tribute to the victims of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting in Las Vegas. Brown talked about the song "58 Stars" in her opening interview video ahead of her audition, but the song wasn't played on the program. For those curious, we tracked the original down that shows a younger Brown singing her heart out on her local news and talking about the song.
It's a touching and emotional song dedicated to the 58 lives lost in the deadly mass shooting, and it's clear Kiara Brown was really affected by the event as a Las Vegas local. As she mentioned on The Voice, she was not present at the festival when the shooting occurred, but found inspiration for the song after hearing Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman say there are 58 new stars in the sky following the tragedy.
As previously stated, Kiara Brown did not play "58 Stars" for her blind audition. She opted instead to do a rendition of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin," which felt like a version closer to the cover performed by John Mayer years later. Though she did sound similar to Mayer in her delivery, there's no denying that Brown brought an additional something special to it with her calm but strong voice.
Kiara Brown certainly has some potential and is one of the stronger competitors to join Team Gwen so far in Season 17. She's definitely got the talent to advance to the audience vote, though we know crazy things can always happen to talented contestants in the latter stages of reality competitions. Will Brown build on her strong first impression, or will another competitor step up and overshadow her strong performance?
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