Anything can happen on live reality television. Thankfully on NBC’s The Voice, the spontaneity usually revolves around music or something within nature of artistic performances. On Monday night, the popular singing competition show returned for its 12th season and featured a fantastic blind audition performance of Etta James’ “All I Can Do Is Cry” by contestant Felicia Temple, whose father was in the famous 80s hip-hop group, The Sugarhill Gang.
In addition to earning some chair turns from judges Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, it was Maroon 5’s Adam Levine who encouraged fellow judge Alicia Keys to get up and sing the song that launched her own career, “Fallin’,” alongside the aspiring singer who was heavily influenced by Keys as a teenager. The 28-year-old from Teaneck, NJ also revealed that her nickname growing up was Felicia Keys, due to the fact that she would play all of Alicia’s songs at talent shows growing up.
The two belted out the famous 2001 single hand-in-hand with Temple’s famous father watching from the side of the stage. Temple also revealed that she had battled cancer and wasn’t sure if she’d be able to sing again following surgery. Needless to say that things ended up working out for her.