18-year-old Bailey Rae impressed The Voice coaches with her cover of Billy Currington’s 2010 hit, “Let Me Down Easy” during the Knockouts on Monday evening (Nov. 23).
The Oklahoma native shared insight into her song choice while working on her performance with coach John Legend and Mega Mentor Usher.
“This song is about taking a leap of faith in love. I personally compare it to taking a leap in life,” she explained, going on to share that she was a senior in high school when she got the official call to join The Voice.
“Country music is something that is connected to the soul. This is your opportunity to introduce who you are as a country artist,” Usher told her.
Bailey Rae competed against fellow Team Legend member Lauren Frihauf.
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Kelly Clarkson couldn’t contain her excitement over Bailey Rae’s song selection.
“I love, love, love, love your song choice,” she told her. “You are the reason why I will be covering that on my show.” (In case you missed it Clarkson fulfilled her promise to cover “Let Me Down Easy” today on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
After her performance, Blake Shelton told Legend that it was a “dirty trick by The Voice Gods that she ended up on your team.”
“Bailey, you have clarity, you have range, you have that little dip in your voice. It just sounds like classic country music,” Legend complimented.
It all came down to Legend, who had to select a team member to advance to the next round.
“Both of you are remarkable talented women,” he said. “The winner of this knockout is Bailey.”
Bailey Rae is the first-ever country artist to join Team Legend.
“I’m so excited to continue working with John,” she gushed. “Even though we’re in different genres, we are still connected through music.”
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