Katie Rae Delivers Soulful Cover of Maren Morris on ‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions

Katie Rae wowed viewers of NBC’s The Voice with a soulful cover of Maren Morris‘ “The Bones” on the highly…

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 20, 2021

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Katie Rae; Photo by Tyler Golden, NBC

Katie Rae wowed viewers of NBC’s The Voice with a soulful cover of Maren Morris‘ “The Bones” on the highly anticipated season premiere of the hit show on Monday evening (Sept. 20). 

Prior to her blind audition, the Sacramento, California native shared how Morris’ album, GIRL, inspired her during a tough time in her life when she was struggling with postpartum depression after giving birth to her now 3-year-old son. 

Rae earned a three-chair turn with Kelly Clarkson and John Legend turning immediately followed by Ariana Grande

Her performance earned a standing ovation from all four coaches, including Blake Shelton, the only coach not to turn his chair. 

“That was stunning,“ Grande gushed. “I love a strong powerhouse, bad bitch vocalist, I’m obsessed. I would be absolutely honored to be your coach.”

“Katie you left Ariana speechless,” Legend added. “I would love to work with you, it would be an honor.”

Clarkson went on to compliment the emotional performance, telling Rae, “There’s a lot of people that can sing, but there’s not a lot of people that can move you…Your highs are incredible, but your lows are magical, they’re like sizzling butter.” 

Grande took one last attempt to persuade Rae to join her team, admitting, “I might be new here, but I have a lot of experience as well.”

Rae was quick to make her decision. 

“I think I’m gonna go with Ariana,” she exclaimed. 

The Voice returned on Monday with the first episode of Season 21. The premiere continues on Tuesday, September 21 at 8/7c on NBC. 

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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.