Two Memphians advance to final phase on 'The Voice'

Memphians Kris Thomas and Sarah Simmons will compete in the final phase of the hit music competition “The Voice” that begins next week.

This week, Thomas and Simmons both survived a “Knockout Round” where they were paired with another member of their team. Each singer performed a song of their choosing with the team celebrity coach selecting the winner of the round.

Visible Music College student Simmons, a member of Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine’s team, sang the Rolling Stones’ ballad “Wild Horses” to advance past South Carolina singer Warren Stone.

Singing for Team Shakira, Stax Music Academy graduate Thomas beat out Cuban-born teenager Mary Miranda with his rendition of the Louis Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World.”

The only other Memphian in the “Knockout Round,” Grace Askew, performed on the show Tuesday night, singing the Hi Records hit “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” Her coach, country singer Blake Shelton, chose sibling duo the Swon Brothers to advance.

TAt stake is a prize package that includes $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. “The Voice” live playoffs air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. on WMC-TV Channel 5.

Mark Jordan

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