Playing a guitar gifted to her by her grandfather when she was 13 years old — and singing with a honey-coated voice honed with years of practice — Canton’s Grace (Rembinski) West continued to capture America’s heart Monday night on the NBC’s hit singing show “The Voice”.
Performing “Love Is Alive” by The Judds, West advanced to the live semifinal round of the competition along with “Team Blake” teammate Noivas.
West, who graduated from Plymouth High School in 2021 before moving with her parents Daryl and Jill to Nashville to write songs for Mucho Love Music, is one of eight performers remaining of the 40 who started the show on March 6.
Shelton a huge fan of West’s talent
Country superstar Blake Shelton was tasked with the difficult choice of choosing two of his five remaining performers.
After selecting NOIVAS to move, he picked West, who was immediately hugged and congratulated by her “Team Blake” colleagues.
“Grace is the real deal,” raved Shelton, who announced this would be his final season on “The Voice”, which debuted in 2011.
“Grace is true country. My dream was for my last season to go into lives (performances) with a country artist and she is the absolute perfect country artist to have for this moment.”
Like her name suggests, Grace has displayed a level of calm and composure that go beyond her age (19).
Poised as her name suggests
If she has been nervous during her multiple performances on national TV, it hasn’t shown.
“Grace’s voice is incredible,” said coach/advisor Niall Horan. “It has all the nuances of a great country singer. She has the kind of voice you can’t teach.”
Shelton, who like West left home as a teenager to live in Nashville and advance his career, said West has stardom written all over her.
“Grace is one step away from being the next star on country radio,” he added.
The live semifinal performances are set to begin May 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The five-performer live final round is scheduled for May 22 and 23 at 8 p.m.
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