Kristy Jackson reps Greensboro on NBC, the Voice
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“Vanessa Ferguson advanced into the Top 10 on “The Voice” elimination show on Tuesday night.
Fans voted her through after her Monday night performance of Rihanna’s “Diamond.” She will perform again on May 8.
But Ferguson wasn’t the only Greensboro representation on Monday night’s show.
Contestant Aliyah Moulden performed a song written by Greensboro native Kristy Jackson.
“Take It Back,” which Jackson wrote in 1992, was recorded and turned into a hit by country legend Reba McEntire.
In addition to her own singing and songwriting, Jackson has performed with the Gate City Divas and participated in the Healing Blues Project that teamed songwriters with people who were experiencing homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, abuse and other troubles and trauma.
Jackson will be performing May 16 at Lucky 32 in Greensboro and on May 20 with the Gate City Divas at the 31st annual Carolina Blues Fest at Barber Park in Greensboro.
For more information, visit kristyjackson.com.
Greensboro resident Vanessa Ferguson stepped out and took on a modern song Monday night on “The Voice.”
Her last three performances were classics from the past:
• “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” made famous by Roberta Flack in the early 1970s and again in the late 1990s by the Fugees
• “If I Were Your Woman” by Gladys Knight
• “A Song for You” by Donny Hathaway
But Monday as part of the Top 11 contestants, she took on “Diamond” by Rihanna.
In rehearsal, Vanessa’s coach, Alicia Keys said, “I do not understand how you are as calm, cool, collected and composed as you appear.”
“My mother said I just came out a cool baby,” Vanessa responded.
Vanessa and Alicia discussed the meaning of the song choice, which include lyrics such as “Shine bright like a diamond/We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky.”
“I think I’m realizing that I’m somebody who internalizes my feelings,” Vanessa said.
“I really want you to be open on this performance,” Alicia said. “I want to see that beautiful smile. I want you to really appreciate all the ways that you’re shining.”
“This song represents the kind of artist I want to be,” Vanessa said. “You’ve got the driving kick which feels rock starrish.”
“It’s perfect because it continues to show her evolution and how current she is,” Alicia said. “I personally would like you to play the piano, at least for that beginning.”
“My first paying job, I was playing piano in church,” Vanessa said. “So I got my first check, I think it was 75 bucks, but I was 13. So I was like, ‘Whoa, I could do this.'”
As Vanessa continued to rehearse the song, Alicia said, “I feel like I’m listening to Shirley Bassey, like, on this current record. It’s crazy.”
Vanessa’s trademark hat was back, complementing a black and white suit. She went into the crowd and asked the audience to sing along.
The coaches weighed in on her performance:
Adam Levine: “You know, Vanessa, I love your vibe just as a person. I always smile when you come onstage. And I’m always excited to see you sing and what you’re going to wear because you’ve got badass style. … You really stand alone in a lot of ways because you know yourself. And knowing yourself is a hugely important part of being successful when it comes to singing. I just love you. I’m a huge fan.”
Blake Shelton: “I don’t know how people rank in this show as far as voting, none of us do, but you’ve consistently been the one as an opposing team or coach that I’m the most intimated by. You’re an unbelievable singer, Sis. So good.”
Alicia: “Vanessa, you have this thing about you, it’s so effortless when you sing. It’s so easy. It’s almost like she’s in her bathrobe with her slippers on just like, ‘Just let me sing something real fast …’
Vanessa interjected, saying: “Oh, that’s how it looks?”
Alicia: “I don’t know even how she does it, but yet the capacity and the dynamic and the power of your voice is just unmatched. And for you to own that in a way that’s just so, almost, unassuming is so refreshing. You’re not out here like, ‘Look at me.’ You want to share and give. And I feel like this song was your message to yourself. That you are this incredible diamond, and America, vote for Vanessa.”
To vote, visit nbc.com/voicevote or apps.facebook.com/nbc-the-voice, use the “Voice” official cellphone app or download a song on iTunes or Apple Music. To vote for Vanessa, search iTunes or Apple Music for “Diamond.”
Voting closes tomorrow at noon EST. And during Tuesday’s show, one performer will be eliminated.”
-Kim Mills at Greensboro News & Record