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Brooke Simpson takes 3rd place on ‘The Voice’

December 20, 2017

Halifax County native Brooke Simpson came in 3rd place Tuesday night on the NBC singing competition “The Voice,” with Tennessee singer Chloe Kohanski winning season 13 of the competition.

Simpson, 26, joined “The Voice” after capturing a four-chair turn from judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson during her audition.

On the final performance show Monday night, Simpson sang three songs, including a duet with Miley Cyrus and an original single that cracked the top ten on the iTunes charts.

“I just feel so good, but it’s the most bittersweet moment,” Simpson said before Tuesday night’s result show. “I’m so happy. I’m so confident in every performance that happened and so proud of it, but at the same time, it’s bitter because this has been the best year of my life.”

The daughter of traveling evangelists, Simpson learned to sing at an early age and tried out for the NBC singing competition by singing a version of Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold”.

With her family by her side and her voice carrying her through, Simpson said that regardless of the results, her experience on “The Voice” has been almost perfect.

“The only thing that would have made it perfect is if my husband and my puppies were out here the entire time with me,” she said.

Simpson is a graduate of the Norlina Christian School and is from the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in Hollister. She currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with her husband, but friends and family in Hollister gathered Tuesday night to watch the results.

“We are so proud of Brooke, but we are not at all surprised because we’ve known about Brooke’s abilities and her talent and we are just truly elated at this moment,” said Ogletree Richardson, Chief of Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. “She did not get first place on ‘The Voice’ but for us she holds that number one spot.”

Fans have been voting, wearing T-shirts with Simpson’s face on them and cheering her on throughout the season. It’s an experience that has been surreal for the residents of the small town.

“Watching her, I am just proud to see her doing something good for our community,” said Daniel Wilson.

During her time on “The Voice,” Simpson has been vocal about her pride for her hometown and Native-American tribe.

“It’s just very positive. She hasn’t forgotten where she came from. She knows she is loved by all of her family,” said Norman Richardson.