There’s a Trinidadian on The Voice! Twenty-seven-year-old Paige “Payge Turner” Roopchan auditioned on the NBC series which began its 19th season on Monday.
The singer auditioned with the song Call Out My Name by The Weeknd and drew rave reactions from the crowd and the judges for her range and stage performance. “The low note!” was one of the most common reactions on social media during her performance.
In the blind audition format, judges listen to the performer with their backs to the stage and if they like what they hear, they turn their chair around. If more than one judge turns around, the singer can then choose whose team they want to be on.
Blake Shelton, who is a country music star, was the first to turn his chair around, followed by pop star Gwen Stefani.
Shelton said he was awestruck not only by Turner’s voice but also by how she performed on the stage.
“She was high-stepping, her knees were up above her head and she was stomping, it was awesome. She’s not just an incredible vocalist, she’s a performer.”
Stefani said she was impressed with Turner’s voice.
“Your voice is just so beautiful and everybody was dying when you hit that low note, and I just love how much control you have and how sexy your voice sounded and I would love to work with you.”
Turner chose to be on Team Gwen. She, along with other singers chosen during the audition process, will be mentored by Stefani and face off against other judges’ singers during the competition. The winner will receive US$100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group.
Turner comes from a family of singers, as her mother Jacqueline Johnson sings with the Marionettes Chorales and is well-known for her vocal stylings, while her two older sisters are also vocalists.
The last well-known Caribbean artiste who performed on The Voice was reggae singer Tessanne Chin who won the competition in 2013.
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