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Wendy Moten kicked off the Top 11 Live Performances on The voice with an electrifying interpretation of Aretha Franklin’s 1985 hit “Freeway of Love”.

After being cheered on by Vince Gill on FaceTime, the 55-year-old Memphis, Tennessee native opened the show with her outstanding performance of the song, which was chosen for the artist by viewers during “Fan Week. “and received a standing ovation from coaches Blake Shelton and John Legend.

“You are just amazing every time. It was contagious and mind blowing as always,” said coach Ariana Grande. “You are a flawless singer and your tone is magnificent,” said John.

Moten coach Shelton added: “You are stepping into your new role as an artist, icon and legend.” If Moten is the last artist standing in season 21 of The voice, she will be the ninth candidate of the Blake team to win the competition.

Wendy Moten in The Voice “Live Top 11 Performances” (Photo: Trae Patton / NBC)

Moten has already had big hits during his time on The Voice, including The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” in the blind audition, his Battles performance of Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” , Whitney Houston’s version. of “I Will Always Love You” written by Dolly Parton when she reached the Top 21, with Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” in the Knockouts and “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt.

Former background singer Moten released her second album Time for change in 1995, with David Foster as one of the producers, and a tour with Michael Bolton. Now based in Nashville, the singer-songwriter recently released I have you covered in 2020, with Gill, on two tracks, singer and fiddler Andrea Zonn (Alison Krauss) and Bekka Bramlett, a former member of Mick Fleetwood’s group Zoo.

Photo: Trae Patton / NBC

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