Kristen Brown Nails Carrie Underwood Cover On ‘The Voice,’ Reba McEntire Declares “You Did It Justice”

““I’m Reba. Carrie Underwood, [is] a buddy of mine, love the song and you did it justice… I was very taken with your performance,” McEntire admitted.

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Posted on September 25, 2023

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Kristen Brown, Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of The Voice NBC

Kristen Brown performed a soaring cover of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” during The Voice Blind Auditions on the Season 24 premiere of NBC’s The Voice on Monday evening (Sept. 25). 

The California native first had the opportunity to introduce herself, revealing that she was originally a member of a country group called Auburn Road. The all-girl trio had the opportunity to open for artists such as Toby Keith and Morgan Wallen, however, in 2021, Brown decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career. 

Now a solo artist, Brown oversees all aspects of her career, from songwriting to producing. She also manages her own career. 

The 24-year-old is a longtime country music fan and considers herself to be a country artist with an “edge” to her music. 

Watch Kristen Brown’s Blind Audition On The Voice Below

When it was time for her to step onto The Voice stage for her blind audition, Brown chose to sing Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.” The song is the title track off Underwood’s fourth studio album and climbed to the top of the country airplay charts following its release to country radio in 2012. 

This performance allowed Kristen Brown to showcase her vocal range as she drew listeners in with the song’s powerful narrative. With her vocal abilities and stage presence, it quickly became clear that Brown was an early standout contestant in the competition.

Reba McEntire Said She Did Carrie Underwood’s Song Justice

Her performance earned a two-chair turn, prompting both Gwen Stefani and Reba McEntire to turn their big red chairs for her. 

“I thought your performance was lovely. I especially love the second half. You’re very fortunate to have these two ladies fighting over you,” John Legend, who did not turn his chair, admitted.

McEntire was a fan of the performance and declared that she did the song justice. 

“I’m Reba. Carrie Underwood, [is] a buddy of mine, love the song and you did it justice,” McEntire pointed out. “Thank you. I was very taken with your performance. I did notice a little, few pitchy things, but your enthusiasm was wonderful. Now, in my career I’ve had a lot of mentors, so I am very full aware of what you want to hear, what you need to hear, and I would love to be your coach and help you out to win this competition.”

Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of Tyler Golden/NBC
Reba McEntire; Photo Courtesy of Tyler Golden/NBC

Gwen Stefani Attempted To Convince Brown To Join Her Team

Stefani knew she was up against Reba McEntire and did her best to convince the country hopeful to join Team Gwen. 

“This is really difficult because Reba is the queen, so it’s hard to fight against her, but I’m going to fight her right now,” she confessed. 

“Not trying to brag, but I did have… Lemme just do the stats. It’s a safe space,” Stefani continued, before boasting, ”I’ve had two number one country hits on country radio riding the coattails of Blake Shelton, so I’m very proud. But no, honestly, I really did love your performance. I thought you have a really interesting tone. You’re like a diamond in the rough. The thing is, is that everything that I try to pitch, she has done it as well, but 10 times more.”

Gwen Stefani; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC
Gwen Stefani; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

Legend then chimed in to help Stefani’s pitch, saying “she has not won The Voice.”

Stefani then concluded, “To be able to share with you everything that I’ve ever learned. It’s my dream. I’ve done all of the stuff that you want to do. I want to mother you. Okay?”

McEntire then joked, “You are right. I have not won a season of The Voice… yet, so we can make music together so I rest to my case.”

Joined Team Gwen

Ultimately, to much surprise, Brown chose to join Team Gwen. 

“I’m really excited to have a country girl on my team. I just kept fighting and she picked me,” Stefani exclaimed.

Season 24 Premiere

This blind audition aired during the official kick-off of Season 24 of The Voice, ushering in the new star-studded panel of coaches, which includes Niall Horan, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani. 

Niall Horan returns for his second consecutive season, alongside Gwen Stefani and John Legend, both of whom have made their comebacks to The Voice following a brief hiatus.

Courtesy of The Voice
Courtesy of The Voice

Meanwhile, Reba McEntire is making her debut as a coach on The Voice, replacing Blake Shelton, who announced his decision to step down from the singing competition earlier this year. Shelton appeared on The Voice for a total of 23 Seasons and holds the title of the longest and winningest coach in the history of the show with nine wins.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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