Vanessa Ferguson Is A Powerhouse On 'The Voice'

by Allie Gemmill
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The final night of the blind auditions on The Voice was so exciting I could feel my heart thumping out of my chest. I'm not kidding: These blind auditions had some of the highest stakes attached. For singer Vanessa Ferguson, her blind Voice audition proved to be a unique golden ticket straight to Team Alicia; those high stakes paid off. Ferguson chose to sing "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers and featuring vocals from Daya. Ferguson not only nailed the audition, but she left the judges slack-jawed because of her ability to hit and hold the song's high notes. Her powerful entrance onto Season 12 of The Voice was made on Tuesday night and it looks like there is no stopping her now.

Ferguson is shaping up to be a classically-trained wildcard for Season 12. While she has received training in more classic genres of music like jazz, Ferguson admitted in her pre-taped biography segment that she has lately been gravitating towards R&B as well as hip-hop. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ferguson grew up in a tight-knit family and her grandmother pushed her towards exploring music. She has been singing since she was three years old with her most recent major musical gig singing on cruise ships with the B.B. King All-Star Band. For Ferguson, The Voice is a ticket to bigger and better things.

It was a bit of a nail-biter when Ferguson first began singing. Her talent was clear from the first note, but because the judges were carefully hitting the button because they were down to (literally) their final spot, it almost looked like Ferguson wouldn't get her time to shine. That, thankfully, didn't come to pass. Instead, both Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton turned around excitedly, all trying to woo Ferguson to their team.

In the end, Ferguson chose to go Team Alicia. Not only did Ferguson mention an affinity for Keys' music and Keys as an artist, but Keys herself expressed a desire to help Ferguson channel those deep emotional wells and musical talents into her music. Ferguson, it would appear, is set to be one of the most exciting contestants on The Voice.