Ddendyl and Deja Hall Sing “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
On April 1, Team Shakira singer blues singer Ddendyl and pop vocalist Deja Hall sang a duet to A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something.” At the initial pairing with Shakira, the coach showed Ddendly and Deja both their strengths and their flaws. While both ladies were told that their strengths are in their soft tones, Ddendyl’s problem was most noticeably her lack of breath while performing. As for Deja, the 17-year-old singer lacked confidence in her performance and had to work on opening up her body language.
During rehearsals, Mentor Chris Martin and coach Shakira urged Deja to find an emotional connection with the content in the song. Ddendyl, who is used to singing behind a piano, was told to improve her stage presence and come alive during her performance. Both ladies were also told to fine tune the harmonies to sound clearer.
Both ladies took the stage with the pop ballad, and coach Adam Levine was pleased by seeing a song, which debuted on the show on The Voice 2013
Season 5, sung by contestants the following year. Adam admired Ddendly’s ability to stay on key without her vibrato, and applauded Deja for the strength in her voice at such a tender age. Blake Shelton was at a loss for words, and called the performance great. Usher noted that the performance of both ladies were extremely different and while it was hard to choose, he would choose to invest in Deja. When it was time for coach Shakira to make a choice, she was conflicted by Ddendyl’s artistry and Deja’s innocent, “heavenly, yet earthly” sound. When it was time to select a winner of the battle, Shakira decided that she wanted to invest more time in Deja’s growth as an artist.
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