Blake Shelton and Paris Winningham Share the Stage For ‘Love Train’ Duet on ‘The Voice’ Finale

Blake Shelton and Team Blake member Paris Winningham joined forces on The Voice Season 21 finale on Tuesday (Dec. 14)…

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 14, 2021

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Paris Winningham, Blake Shelton; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Blake Shelton and Team Blake member Paris Winningham joined forces on The Voice Season 21 finale on Tuesday (Dec. 14) for a performance of “Love Train.”

Dressed to the nines and accompanied by backup singers who danced in sync to the music, Shelton and Winningham delivered a memorable performance that allowed their friendship to take center stage.

Paris Winningham, Blake Shelton; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Paris Winningham, Blake Shelton; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Their performance concluded with a hug as the in-studio audience cheered them on.

Co-written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, “Love Train” is a chart-topping hit by The O’Jays. The song is credited as one of the first songs of Disco Music and appears as the last song on their album, Back Stabbers.

Recorded in Philadelphia at Sigma Sound Studio, “Love Train” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2006.

Throughout the season, Winningham performed covers of Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Lonestar and more. 

“Obviously, you just raked in millions of votes, but you also just sold millions of tickets for concerts that you haven’t even booked yet,” Shelton told Winningham following his performance on night one of the finale. 

Watch their performance of “Love Train” 

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The Voice Season 21 finale also featured performances by Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande with Kid Cudi, Carrie Underwood with John Legend, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez, Tori Kelly with Keke Palmer and Walker Hayes.

Additionally, the Top 5 competitors — Girl Named Tom, Jershika Maple, Wendy Moten and Hailey Mia — performed alongside their coaches, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.

The Voice aired on Monday Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. PT/ET and Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.