Meghan Linsey Sings ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ During ‘The Voice’ Semi-Finals [WATCH]
The singer, who is one of the show's final five contestants, dedicated "Tennessee Whiskey" to her adopted hometown of Nashville; she moved to Music City from Louisiana 11 years ago to pursue a career as half of the duo Steel Magnolia.
"Nashville is such a big community of musicians, and everybody is supportive of one another," Linsey tells Nashville's WSMV-TV. "I think that's why I love it here. I don't want to move anywhere else."
"Tennessee Whiskey" was first recorded by David Allen Coe in 1981. However, the song became a bigger hit for George Jones two years later, in 1983; the Possum took the tune to No. 2 on the Hot Country Singles chart. Chris Stapleton covers the song on his new debut solo album, Traveller.
Linsey's rendition of the song on The Voice earned praise from none other than Jones' daughter, Georgette Jones, who tweeted to thank Linsey for singing the song, including the hashtag "#Dadwouldbeproud."
“I can’t even contain myself right now because I know what just happened. That was so special," Linsey's coach, Blake Shelton, said after her performance. "You just engaged all the country music fans out there across the country, and you’ve already engaged all the new fans you’ve made through your journey so far. That is by far your most important performance on this show so far.”
Linsey also performed Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" during Monday night's show. Video of that performance is available below.
“That was a great performance," Pharrell Williams, Linsey's original coach, said of her performance. "I think that you just reminded everybody in the world that there’s so many other sounds, so many other characters, so many other genres of music that live in Nashville.”
Linsey's versions of "Tennessee Whiskey" and "I'm Not the Only One" are both available for download on iTunes. The next elimination round, which determines which singers make it into The Voice Season 8 finale, airs Tuesday (May 12) at 8PM ET, live on NBC.
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