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Lubbock native Kelsie Watts featured in season 19 of "The Voice"

Rosanna Fraire
San Angelo Standard-Times

Lubbock native Kelsie Watts was featured in the newest season of NBC's "The Voice," on Team Kelly, but was eliminated in the Knockout round of the show.

Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani both turned their chairs in Watts' blind audition singing "I Dare You," an original by Clarkson. 

Watts, 29, got to pick from the judges who turned and chose Team Kelly.

She advanced to the Knockout round after winning her Battle round against Emmalee Feldman who was also on Clarkson's team. 

Watts performed Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" in the Knockouts against Madeline Consoer on Nov. 23 and was eliminated after Clarkson decided to continue the journey with Consoer. 

"This has truly been such a blessing," Watts said after she was voted out of season 19 of the show.

The judges, Blake Shelton, John Legend, Stefani and Clarkson, gave positive feedback to Watts after her performance.

"You carry yourself like an A-level pop performer," Legend said.

"I'm blown away by your talent," Stefani said. "You are so gifted."

The Frenship ISD and Texas Tech graduate grew up in a family that loved singing. She followed in her brother's footsteps as he learned to play instruments, according to NBC. At age 21, she tragically lost her brother, Jordan.

Over time, Watts got back to singing and now performs on a showboat in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband.

Watts said she enjoyed growing up in Lubbock, where the community invested in her as a singer and performer, including her high school choir teachers. 

"Lubbock is a great place to grow up," Watts said. "The people are incredible. I learned so much from them."

Lubbock native Kelsie Watts was featured in the newest season of NBC's "The Voice," on Team Kelly, but was eliminated in the Knockout round of the show.

Although Watts began singing at a young age, she would tell her younger self to start practicing earlier.

"I would tell myself to take more classes, make sure I was in dance as soon as I could be, to be intentional about workshops, and making connections," she said. "But I also really loved growing up and being normal as a kid. I never felt a pressure to be perfect in music, so I’m really happy with how I got to where I am."

Watts said she has been working constantly at her career, but doesn't know where it will take her in the future.

"As a musician, I can’t even tell you where I’m going to be in one year," she said. "That’s the life of an artist or a performer."

For 2021, Watts wants to put out as much music as possible to capitalize on the platform of the NBC television show. 

Watts is releasing a single on Dec. 4 called "Destructive," as well as a full cover of “I Dare You,” on Dec. 1 after it received attention from her blind audition. 

There are two additional singles releasing in January and two more in February.

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