Two metro Atlantan females have made the cut on season 18 of “The Voice” over the first two nights.
This follows three women from the area making it to Hollywood on the 18th season of rival “American Idol” over its first two episodes.
Here are thumbnail sketches of each.
Megan Danielle Age: 17 Hometown: Douglasville
Song: "Remedy" Adele
Chair turn: Kelly Clarkson
Coach comments: Kelly says, "That was Adele but a little bit country. You deserve four chairs. The tone is incredible."
Megan: “I’m disappointed in you Blake. She was my first choice but I’m second.”
Blake Shelton: “I’m saving myself some humiliation.”
John Legend: “I love the tone of your voice. I love the growl in it, the twang in it.”
Blake: “You sing like someone who thinks of me as second best.”
Megan's performance: interesting voice in a good way
Official bio: Megan was raised by a single mom after her parents divorced when she was 7. It wasn't always easy living on her mother's waitressing income with four other siblings, so Megan used music as a distraction. Her grandmother encouraged her to start singing, and when Megan turned 15 her mom signed her up to sing at a restaurant. After that, Megan decided she wanted to sing professionally and has been playing open mics ever since. Outside of music, she works as a waitress, dishwasher and cashier at the restaurant her mom now manages. Megan, who uses her wages from the restaurant to help run the house with her mom, recently bought her first car.
Hometown: Boston / Orlando
Song: "Miss Independent" Kelly Clarkson
Chair turns: Nick Jonas (first, who then blocked Kelly Clarkson)
“That was wrong Jonas!” Kelly yelled.
“The new guy knows how to use his block,” Nick said.
“What a dastardly thing to do, Nick,” John Legend said.
Arei's performance: Fierce
Which team she chose: Team Kelly Clarkson
Her official bio: Arei grew up speaking both Kriolu and English with her parents, who immigrated from Cape Verde, a small island chain off the coast of West Africa. She started performing at her neighborhood block parties and was asked to open for LL Cool J when she was 12. From that moment on, Arei knew the stage is where she was meant to be. Her family later moved to Orlando and Arei went on to sing in the school choir and eventually became a full-time musician after college. Arei and her husband are holding off on starting a family while she pursues her career as a solo artist.
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Rodney Ho writes about entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A native New Yorker, he has covered education at The Virginian-Pilot, small business for The Wall Street Journal and a host of beats at the AJC over 20-plus years.