Keisha Renee is “on Cloud 9,” and it’s easy to see why.
Viewers of NBC’s “The Voice” voted to send the 31-year-old Inglewood singer to the semi-finals, beginning Monday, Dec. 11, after she belted out a cover of Celine Dion’s version of “All By Myself.”
“When you think of Celine, you think of powerhouse, you think of elegance, you think of grace, you think of iconic, and that’s all I want to be,” said the former Nicki Minaj background vocalist who aspires to make her mark in the world of country.
Renee got Blake Shelton to turn his chair before any of the other coaches with her blind audition song, “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
Since then, the 31-year-old member of Shelton’s team has kept up her game.
She’s tackled “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (with Noah Mac), “I Hope You Dance” (with Kathrina Feigh), “Love Can Build A Bridge,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and “It Matters to Me.”
These songs were all new to Renee.
“It was a challenge to learn new material, connect with those songs, convey them to an audience as if I’ve been singing them my whole life like some of the other contestants, but that’s what I’m all about – challenges,” she said. “But I don’t want to lose my foundation, either.”
And so, she trotted out “All By Myself.”
Renee suggested the song to Shelton early in the live-performance process.
While he had some reservations about seeing her take on Dion, it worked out.
“It was a much-need moment to show every aspect of me,” she said. “You’ve seen all the different country songs that I’ve done, but let me show you where my love for music all started.”