Tackling Sam Smith’s “Money On My Mind” is a monumental task for even the most talented singers, and The Voice artist Sonic’s tough as nails rendition led to chair turns from Christina Aguilera (who literally stood for Sonic after the performance) and Adam Levine. Possibly sensing an immediate kinship, Sonic went with Aguilera as her coach.
Sonic’s swagger and charisma was on full display with her Battle Rounds performance with Ameera Delandro on Jessie J’s hit track “Masterpiece.” Although her vocal stylings seemed like the perfect match for the tune, Sonic surprisingly admitted that she wasn’t familiar with “Masterpiece” before the Battles.
Deaf in one ear since the age of 6, the San Francisco, Ca. native has risen up to the task and is determined to achieve her goals.
“It’s definitely a challenge I’ve had to overcome, but I never try to let that get in my way or make me not succeed because of that,” said the singer, whose love for R&B and soul came from an early diet of Sade, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Etta James. “I just try to work through it and do the best that I can. I’m just like everyone else. I sing and I chose that as a career but I never like to make that as an excuse to not do well.”
During our interview, Sonic talked about being coached by Christina Aguilera, receiving potent advice from key advisor Nate Ruess, and performing in front of The Voice audience.
The full audio interview with Sonic (for more info, check out http://sonicartofbeing.com/) is below:
The Voice airs tonight on NBC (8 pm et/pt).