WATCH: Team Blake’s Wendy Moten Stuns with ‘I Will Always Love You’ On ‘The Voice’

Wendy Moten is a vocal powerhouse!  The live rounds of NBC’s The Voice kicked off on Monday evening (Nov. 8),…

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Lauren Jo Black

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November 9, 2021

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Wendy Moten; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Wendy Moten is a vocal powerhouse! 

The live rounds of NBC’s The Voice kicked off on Monday evening (Nov. 8), with the Top 20 performing before a live audience at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for their chance to advance to the Top 13.  

It seems The Voice producers saved the best for last, as Wendy Moten’s jaw-dropping rendition of Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” closed the show with the bang. 

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The 56-year-old Tennessee native’s powerful vocals earned her a standing ovation and praise from her coach Blake Shelton, as well as the rest of the coaching panel, including Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Ariana Grande, who raved over her vocal abilities.

Shelton labeled Moten one of the most deserving vocalists that he’s ever coached.

“I’m gonna say this, and I’m probably gonna catch a lot of heat for it, but I don’t care,” Shelton admitted. “I’ve been doing this show for 21 seasons, as a coach, and there is nobody that I want this more for, ever, than you. You deserve this.”

Wendy Moten; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Wendy Moten; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Clarkson then gushed over Moten’s impeccable talents.

“Oh my gosh, you know I am obsessed with you… You are so gifted,” Clarkson added. ”That is such a big song, and don’t think I missed that little run that you did… You are so incredible, it’s insane if you don’t make the finale.”

Moten previously performed The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out,” Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,” and Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way.”

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Shelton admitted that, he “can’t even imagine the offers” that Moten will receive following her time on The Voice.

The talented singer scored a massive solo hit in 1992 with her song, “Come In Out Of The Rain,” and has even worked with artists such as Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, John Oates, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Tyler, Alice Cooper, Buddy Guy, Michael Bolton, Michael McDonald, and Al Jarreau, among others.

The Voice reveals the Top 13 tonight (Nov. 9) at 9/8c 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.