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Offbeat Mag: Casmè Nails Aretha Franklin Song On NBC’s The Voice, Joins John Legend’s Team

Casmè proudly told Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani, “My name is Casmè, I’m 39 and I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana!” on Monday night’s episode of “The Voice” on NBC. By singing Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You,” the singer secured a spot on John Legend’s team who was dazzled by her performance and style. Even fashion maven Gwen Stefani raved over Casmè’s glam look. The judges noticed that the singer had a way of incorporating rock into her Aretha Franklin cover and she acknowledged she likes to use rasp in her voice.

Now in its 19th season, “The Voice” is a multiple Emmy Award-winning reality singing competition series in which contestants are coached by celebrity singers. Each season begins with “Blind Auditions” where the coaches have their backs turned away from the performer and they gauge the audience reactions to choose who they would like on their team. Legend turned his chair to face Casmè and praise her talent. She will now move on to the Battle Rounds, where she must use what she learns from Legend (who is more commonly known as Chrissy Teigen’s husband these days) to go toe-to-toe with the other contestants in singing sparring on a battle stage.

Casmè was born and raised in New Orleans with seven other siblings, six of which were girls. Her parents would often take the family into poverty-stricken areas where they would sing and help feed the hungry. Coming from a largely female family that was heavily involved in their community, Casmè felt inspired to give back by promoting girl power. She’s the founder of an all-girls club and runs a magazine that features inspiring young women. For the past 20 years, Casmè has been trying to make it as a full-time musician and has spent most of that time as a songwriter and performing in corporate bands. Casmè comes to “The Voice” to finally focus on her solo career and to inspire young girls to follow their dreams.

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