How Team Blake’s Wendy Moten Made ‘The Voice’ History
Throughout Season 21 of NBC’s The Voice, Team Blake [Shelton]’s Wendy Moten was a standout contestant who continually delivered show-stopping…
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Throughout Season 21 of NBC’s The Voice, Team Blake [Shelton]’s Wendy Moten was a standout contestant who continually delivered show-stopping performances that left the superstar coaches – Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande and John Legend – speechless.
Each week, the former background singer, who has previously shared the stage with the likes of Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Vince Gill (just to name a few), wowed with her impressive vocals and powerful stage presence. Yet, when it came time to crown the winner of the season, Moten placed second behind Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) December 15, 2021
Though she may not have won the singing competition, Moten did walk away from the show with a powerful fan base and a newfound confidence as a solo artist.
In fact, during the blind auditions, Moten admitted taking the leap of faith to join The Voice was a bit terrifying.
“I’ve toured with some of the greatest icons in music history. None of these icons ever scared me. But coming here? This is the biggest thing I’ve done,” she shared.
During her time on the show, Moten covered artists such as The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. And even after suffering a scary fall in the midst of one of the live shows, Moten powered through, and at 57 years old, she went on to make history as the oldest contestant to make it this far in the competition.
“You are a living testament to: ‘Just don’t give up on your dream. Keep going,’” Shelton said during an episode of The Voice, admitting, “I want this for Wendy. She’s never been in the spotlight, she’s always been backing up someone else. This is her moment. She’s one of the greatest vocalists on ‘The Voice,’ ever.”
On the finale, she joined force with coach Blake Shelton to perform “Just a Fool,” a duet that originally features Shelton and Christina Aguilera.
She may not have won, but Wendy Moten certainly left her mark and if Shelton’s prediction rings true, Moten will have offers pouring in after the show.
Fans can keep up with Wendy Moten on Instagram.
Lauren Jo Black
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.