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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 8 Top 6 Show


 The Voice Season 8. Top 6 Singers 

Update: With 15 minutes to the live show, it looks like Kimberly, Koryn and Sawyer are generating the most buzz on iTunes.  The Popularity Icon is all filled for these three singers and rather empty for India,Meghan and Joshua. India sounds amazing. Do not let her slip through the cracks everyone. 

The Song Spoilers and iTunes links are HERE

And so, finally, we see a subtle twist in the makeup of the Top 6 singers.  Team Christina and Team Pharrell are bestowed with the amazing talents of India Carney/Kimberly Nichole and Koryn Hawthorne/Sawyer Fredericks respectively while Teams Adam and Blake are left with one artist each – Joshua Davis and Megan Linsey – to duke it out. 

Aw – C’est Dommage, Non?  

Uh -No!  It is about time we were set free from the Adam/Blake monopoly on this show. Because, at the end of the day, Teams Christina and Pharrell are blessed with incredibly gifted singers and I would be beyond thrilled to see any one of them as the winner. 

However, presently, Sawyer Fredericks is doing some serious damage in the iTunes Rock Charts so, when you put 2*2 together….well, you can do the math, right?  You know that kid has it in the bag.  He won this show from the minute he opened his mouth with his gutsy, earthy, performance of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” during the Blind Auditions.  He still is as “green as my valley” but, looking back, so many of these stars start out rough but raw and, over time and skillful mentoring, grow in to viable and distinct artists. 

                               Sawyer Fredericks -Team Pharrell  – Download A Man Of Constant Sorrow

For example, Carrie Underwood was a bit of a train wreck on American Idol and look at her now?  A superstar!  And a genuine and refined one at that!! 

However, no one on Season 8 on The Voice – with the exception of unjustly eliminated singer, Mia Z, – can sing like India Carney. No one!   She brings impeccable skill and artistry to this competition  and, although I don’t normally enjoy an embellished version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow“, her interpretation of this song last week was a tour de force. A sublime work of art. Not one note was out of tune or misplaced in her skillful, melismatic performance of this song. 

             India Carney – Team Christina – Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland – Download from iTunes

In addition, both India and Sawyer are loaded with undeniable charisma – they are the complete package. 

Koryn and Kimberly – although fantastic at their craft – kind of cancel each other out.  They are outstanding and pretty fearless on that stage, but quite similar in their vocal style!  Koryn, given her young age is quite the vocal tigress, isn’t she?  My concern is the gravely sound in her vocal texture. It is a bit grating to the ear and she needs to technically address this issue.  However, there is no doubt that this young lady is very gifted.  

This week, the Top 6 will be singing two songs each so we are in for a fabulous and exciting evening of entertainment. 

The Performance Show of The Voice airs Monday, May 4th at 8:00 PM on NBC, followed by the Results Show on Tuesday, May 5th – same time, same station. Only one singer will be eliminated this week. Next week, five singer s will compete in the Semi-Final show, with a chance to advance to the Top 4 Finale in two weeks. 

Good luck to all the singers. Comment away everyone! 


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About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

6 Responses to “Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 8 Top 6 Show”

  1. A friend of mine from my Adam Lambert days had nothing but praise – or was it NO praise…for the over-production on Sawyer’s “Take me to the River” last night. Unfortunately I failed to set my DVR to record and I’m a little afraid to watch the playback. But I will download. Hope you’re having a good day, MCL!!

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  2. They had him surrounded by several female dancers during that song.

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  3. Jrxgirl- He sang the song very well but the crazy manic dancers were such a distraction. It was cray, cray.

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  4. I agree with you, MCL, in regard to India’s singing of “Over the Rainbow”. Wow, just wow. Embelished, yes, but in the right way. Plus I love her hair :).

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  5. I thought that India’s version of “Over the Rainbow” was overly embellished. For me, she’s a technical singer (when she’s not having pitch problems) but I don’t ever feel her emotionally. Also, she doesn’t seem to have any idea who she is as a singer. She did not do well tonight so I was surprised she was saved. I think it’s a two-horse race between Meghan and Sawyer.

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  6. OK, I gathered my courage about me & watched the “Take Me to the River” performance. Yes, it was pretty awful what the dancers were doing but I thought Sawyer “rolled” with it extremely well & got even better when he got in front of them. I think “Shine On” was epic. What an amazing singer, performer & person! I also watched Joshua Davis’ “My Life” (I think that’s the title) & was also impressed. He is continuing to do his own thing “under the radar” so to speak & getting a lot of exposure. Hopefully it will pay off for him in terms of his post-Voice career.

    I was sorry to see Kimberly go. She was a favorite for me. I will follow with interest.

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