Are you blown away by the best singing talent ever on this seventh season of The Voice? Last night, there were two contestants who hands down, had ‘it’ – Maiya Sykes and Taylor Phelan.
The red buttons were getting beeped fast and furiously on last night’s, Sept 22nd, episode of The Voice, but the biggest judge battles were over Maiya Sykes, 31, and Taylor Phelan, 25.
The Voice: Maiya Sykes And Taylor Phelan Will Be Tough To Beat
Both were just bursting with musical talent, memorable voices and the kind of big stage presence, that makes for star power.
But, and this is a big but – there were two voices that stood out from the strong batch of contestants – Maiya and Taylor.
Taylor, looked deceptively quiet when he first walked out on stage. He’s not a big guy but he is adorable with a short blonde pompadour and a guitar that he played just part of the time.
It turned out that he has great experience as a performer under his belt. At 16, he began playing in a band with his friends but ended up quitting music when he married and had a daughter and felt that he needed to do what was best to support his family.
He and his equally adorable wife started a successful events company together, but his Voice audition was the fulfillment of his dream to return to his first love – music.
Man – was he compelling, singing “Sweater Weather,” by The Neighbourhood. Taylor was spellbinding on stage. His voice was strong, much stronger than you’d ever expected, coming from a guy who isn’t big in stature.
He confidently took charge of his debut, moving across the stage, only playing his guitar when it added to his performance. Taylor’s charisma hit a ten. He’s an adorable combo of a young Elvis Costello and yes, Adam Levine.
In fact, Adam pointed out that he had awesome “Elvisy” “happy” feet, though I think he was actually referencing Elvis Presley moves.
Adam’s charms were no match however for Pharrell who gave him a standing recognition and called him “melodically articulate.” And that was actually so true.
He NEVER missed a single note – his singing was perfection but it was also sooo intelligent.
Maiya Sykes Is A Big, Big Talent
Equally intelligent was Yale grad, Maiya Sykes, who triple majored and THEN decided to return to her true love – singing.
She loves it so much she’s done whatever she’s had to do to support herself and her mother through her vocal chords, even singing as part of a wedding band.
“If you’ve been to an Armenian wedding in California in the past few years, I probably sang there,” she laughed.
Well those were awfully lucky wedding guests. Maiya’s big, expressive voice was so striking that all four judges hit their buttons within ten seconds of her first notes.
She blew them and the audience away with her soulful rendition of Sam Smith‘s, “Stay With Me.” To say that she “owned” the stage, room and TV screen, is an understatement.
She was mesmerizing. You simply couldn’t take your eyes off her beautiful expressive face, or your ears off her voice which Pharrell described as a little “Aretha,” a little “Gladys,” as in Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
She’s a big, big talent and presence. And you could listen to her sing all day and night. She has that kind of range and appeal.
In the end, Pharrell, wooed both Taylor and Maiya onto his team. He is the judge to beat, because right now he has two huge winners in his pocket.
Do you agree HollywoodLifers? Do you think Maiya Sykes or Taylor Phelan should win The Voice? Let me know!
— Bonnie Fuller
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