TV’s ‘Voice’ stars fight over San Antonio singer
Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson waged a passionate battle on NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night for a lovely singer from San Antonio.
After Judson High School alum and military brat Spensha Baker, 24, wowed the two coaches with her soulful rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the fourth night of blind auditions, they slammed down on their buttons, turning their chairs around to commence fighting for her.
Each laid their credentials on the table in attempts to coax the stunned singer, whose sweetly melodic version of the tune showed such promise, onto their respective teams.
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“I love your slow vibrato,” Shelton told her. “I love the fact that you can hang out down in the low notes. You don’t get away from them too quickly. And then all of a sudden when you push the gas, it was like, whoa, who was that? Today marks my 14th anniversary as a coach, and you would be the greatest gift to me.”
“It was almost like you were worshiping when singing that song,” wooed Clarkson.
That wouldn’t be far off base. Baker, who grew up in a reverent churchgoing family, started as a gospel singer when she was very young and, according to online bios, has sung for everyone from soldiers at Fort Hood to President George W. Bush.
As a child, she competed on the old “Star Search,” finishing in second place before signing to Interscope Records.
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At the young age of 12, she released Interscope’s first gospel record and toured the world. After her deal ended, Baker moved to Nashville with her mother to further pursue a singing career.
However, according to NBC, the pressure of the industry caused Spensha to move back to Texas. She now lives in Boerne, has her real estate license and is competing on “The Voice.”
Clarkson, “American Idol’s” first winner, was so hot to land her for her team that she even pulled her own Texas card: She, too, comes from the Lone Star State — Fort Worth.
Baker appeared overwhelmed by their fevered interest in her. “I can’t believe this is happening,” she said.
But despite a last-ditch plea from Adam Levine — Shelton’s infamously needling rival on the show — urging Baker to choose Clarkson, her choice seemed written on the wall once she revealed the genre she hoped to pursue.
“Country,” she said.
“Well …” a hopeful Shelton responded, seemingly knocking Clarkson out of the contest by adding: “I don’t stand in line for country concerts, I put ’em on. I think you can make the difference that we need in country music. I would be honored to be your coach.”
With that, Baker picked the country superstar, joining Team Blake.
In coming weeks on “The Voice,” viewers will see just how high this hometown talent soars.
The show airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.
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