Four Berklee Artists Move to Battle Round on The Voice
With each new season The Voice, it seems the question has shifted from "Will there be any Berklee contestants?" to "How many?"
In the ongoing 24th season of the hit singing competition, all four Berklee artists that made it to the initial round of blind auditions—Claudia B, Taylor Deneen, Juliette Ojeda, and CORii—have advanced to the battle rounds, which will run through the end of October.
What happens from here remains to be seen. Regardless of the outcome, Berklee continues to be a force to reckon with on the show, as is evident in each of the blind audition performances, which left the celebrity coaching panel stumbling over themselves to get the chance to work with these four singers.
Taylor Deneen B.M. '21Watch Deneen give a performance of "Redbone," by Childish Gambino, that Niall Horan described as "flawless" and got John Legend out of his seat with excitement.
Claudia BClaudia Swope B.M. '19, who performs as Claudia B, is visibly starstruck when the coaches groove along with her take on "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson. "You could tell you're a musician, because they have a way of working through a song," Horan said, before later adding that "I went to Berklee too . . . in one of my dreams."
Juliette OjedaConservatory student and Cuban American Juliette Ojeda gave a bilingual performance of "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton John, and despite revealing that she's a lifelong fan of Horan's previous band One Direction, she was ultimately swayed by Stefani's enthusiastic pitch.
CORiiCourtney Halpin MacBride B.M. '13, who performs as CORii, sang a rendition of "Scared to Be Lonely" by Dua Lipa and Martin Garrix that left country legend and judge Reba McEntire saying "I'm thrilled to have you and will help you in any way that I can."