New Orleans singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon won her first battle on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night.
“I’ve always wanted to share my voice with the world,” Boyd-Cannon said before her “battles round” performance.
She entered the ring with fellow Team Adam (Levine) member James McNeiece, of Howell, Michigan, to sing their duet of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”
Both had gotten advice from Levine and guest advisor/singer Ellie Goulding in rehearsals of the upbeat Jackson tune.
Boyd-Cannon, a volunteer with the Orleans Parish Prison chorus, hit all the big notes in “P.Y.T.,” winning the round and retaining her place on Team Adam. McNeiece was eliminated after the other three judges — Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams — elected not to “steal” him for their teams.
“When Adam said my name, oh my God!,” Boyd-Cannon said backstage afterward, as she received congratulations from her visiting family.
Still waiting for their turn in the battles round are Louisiana singers Koryn Hawthorne, of Abbeville; Travis Ewing, of Lafayette; Rob Taylor, of Donaldsonville; and Meghan Linsey, of Ponchatoula.
“The Voice” returns at 7 tonight (cable Channel 3 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and cable Channel 7 in New Orleans)..