NOIVAS Showcases His Soulful, Country Side With A Performance Of Chris Stapleton’s ‘Cold’ On ‘The Voice’ Finale

Savion Wright, also known as “NOIVAS,” is a member of Team Blake.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 22, 2023


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NOIVAS; Photo by Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Team Blake’s Savion Wright, also known as “NOIVAS,” owned The Voice stage as he showcased his diverse vocal range in a cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Cold.” 

The singer/songwriter delivered nothing but undeniable talent as he poured out a heartbreaking rendition of the song that was co-written by Stapleton with Dave Cobb, Derek Mixon and J.T. Cure.

NOIVAS; Photo by Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
NOIVAS; Photo by Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Standing in the midst of the smoke-filled stage, NOVIAS strummed his guitar while his Texas-born vocals were backed by a string orchestra and an electric guitar that elevated the soulful country  sound. 

“Oh, why you got to be so cold? / Why you got to go and cut me like a knife / And put our love on ice? / Oh, girl, you know you left this hole / Right here in the middle of my soul / Oh, why you got to be so cold,” he sings in the redemptive chorus. 

The excited audience’s cheers of excitement were followed by resounding praise from coach Kelly Clarkson as well as his coach, Blake Shelton.

“I love that song, what a great song selection that was,” Clarkson gushed. “Like even for your voice, cause your voice is suited for that style as well. It’s soulful. It’s got a little country in there. A little rock and roll. I love all of that. That was a really smart choice for you to do right now.”

Shelton, who gave his team member a standing ovation continued, “That’s funny that you say that cause I was talking to Novias just a couple days ago and I said, ‘man, I think people actually kind of think of you as country anyway, you know what I’m saying?’ I mean, obviously he comes out here looking like big old Texas guy anyway, but I just think your personality and the way you make people feel is country.”

“So you doing a Chris Stapleton song, I mean, of course you sound natural doing it,” he added. “And by the way, you killed it dude. Congratulations.”

NOIVAS; Photo by Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
NOIVAS; Photo by Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Throughout the night, the singer/songwriter was also tasked with delivering an up-tempo track in front of the coaches. For this performance, he choose to rock out with a cover of Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” which brought him outside his element as an extension of his undeniable musical skills.

NOVIAS’ most recent performance took place during part one of the show’s season finale on Monday, May 22, and follows his delivery of Adele’s 2014 hit “Skyfall” which landed him a spot in the Top 5.

Monday evening’s show served as the first of a two-night season finale of NBC’s The Voice, where the Top 5 finalists faced off for America’s vote.

Blake Shelton; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC
Blake Shelton; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

The Voice returns on Tuesday (May 23) at 8/7c with a star-studded two-hour season finale that will feature special performances from Maroon 5, Toosi, CeeLo Green, as well as Diplo featuring Lily Rose, and more.

In addition, Blake Shelton will join forces with NOIVAS and Grace West, while Kelly Clarkson will take to The Voice stage with D. Smooth. Niall Horan will perform alongside Gina Miles and Chance The Rapper will harmonize with the trio, Sorelle. 

The show will also include special appearances from John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Jonas, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Dolly Parton.

It will surely be an emotional evening as it will mark Blake Shelton’s last show ever on The Voice.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.