Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” is an absolutely difficult song to cover, and Emily B.’s decision to use that song for her Blind Auditions was a gamble that paid off. The singer put her own spin on the sultry song, hitting various high notes that impressed judges Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher. Shakira even gave a standing ovation after the song finished, and her effusive support for Emily B. led to their current coaching/competitor partnership.
During the first round of the Battles, Emily B. was victorious over powerhouse vocalist Cierra Mickens, as the pair did their rendition of the equally challenging tune “Brave” from Sara Bareilles. “You are so determined Emily,” said Shakira after the hard fought battle. The key question is whether Emily B. will survive another round to make it to The Voice’s live shows.
No matter what happens from this point on, Emily B. is grateful for her collaboration with Shakira.
“The thing I love most about Shakira is her genuine-ness, if that’s a word,” said Emily B. “What you see is what you get. She’s passionate about life, she’s passionate about her career, she’s passionate about this show and her contribution to us. She connects with everything as a person so of course that will be seen in her music as well.”
To check out the complete Q&A with Emily B., please check out my article on Deepest Dream. Until then, watch the video below to see the singer’s unique take on “Wicked Game.” It may not be as atmospheric as Isaak’s original, but it sure doesn’t pull any punches!
Another installment of The Voice airs tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt). To follow Emily B., go to @EmilyBeMusic.
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi