Monday marks a significant milestone in Milwaukee singer Anna Grace’s journey on “The Voice.” For the first time she – and every other singer in the competition – will be competing for America’s votes.
Until now, the decision on who continues on the show has been entirely in the hands of this year’s celebrity coaches: Blake Shelton, John Legend, Nick Jonas and Kelly Clarkson. In the blind auditions, Grace had all four stars begging her to join their teams thanks to her rendition of “my future” by Billie Eilish. She ultimately picked Clarkson, which is where she stayed after beating out Ainae in a duet during the Battle round.
In her most recent Knockout performance, Grace competed against Gihanna Zoë to keep her spot on Team Kelly. She sang an ethereal version of “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. The 20-year-old said she has an emotional connection to the song because she did very nearly die young. At 17, she was diagnosed with a serious blood infection that kept her in the hospital for eight months and there were times when the doctors didn’t think she would make it.
“That was almost me, and one of the lines that hits me every time is ‘Lord, make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother,’ because me and my mom are so close,” Grace said. “I remember just being like, ‘If something happened to me, what would happen to my mom?'”
Her version of the song combined with her connection to it was enough to almost bring Snoop Dogg, the mega mentor of this season, to tears.
“I’m trying to hold this tear from falling out my eye,” Dogg said pointing at his face.
Clarkson did end up choosing Zoë over Grace, but Shelton swooped in and stole her to fill the last spot on his team. That means for the remainder of the competition, Grace will be competing as a member of “Team Blake.”
“Anna’s my indie-pop singer-songwriter and she can compete vocally with anybody,” Shelton said.
If you’d like to watch Grace perform live, tune in to NBC at 7 p.m., Monday, May 7. Voting starts after the live competition. You can vote on The Voice App or at on nbc.com/VoiceVote.