The Voice’s MVP for the Top 10 round was Meghan Linsey, whose stirring performance of Marc Broussard’s “Home” put America definitively on notice that the new Meghan has arrived. She’s been working steadily to move on from her country music past and delivering solid performances each week, but Monday was the best expression of who this talented singer wants to be – and pretty awesome to listen to, besides. Whether or not she wins the competition, Meghan is one of those artists you can easily see Blake Shelton taking out on tour with him afterward.
We caught up with her on the red carpet at Universal Studios Hollywood following Monday’s Top 10 performance show to ask her how she perceived her performance and if she’s starting to feel confident now that she’s reached this level in the competition.
“I do feel good,” she said of her rendition of “Home,” which was a hit on the airwaves after Broussard released it in 2004. “I think it was a challenging song, and I felt like I just did my thing on it. It feels like it paid off.”
She is a great representative for Team Blake, and amusingly “Home” was also performed by a Blake Shelton-led act when the country superstar made his first-ever coaching appearance on NBC’s short-lived “Clash of the Choirs” – the gig that’s said to have brought him to the attention of “Voice” producer Mark Burnett. Small world.
For Meghan, performing the song felt like…well, it felt like coming home, no pun intended.
“I grew up in New Orleans, singing soul music from the time I was 14 years old in bands,” she explained, “and so it was really important to me coming on the show to really get back to my roots, and I feel like I did that tonight.”
The experience also had a bit of an interesting twist to it because for this round, she was mentored by decorated producer Scott Hendricks, who mentioned on air that he had seen Meghan perform as part of her original duo Steel Magnolia. That duo also opened for Shelton, so Meghan was working closely with two people who had heard her before and now were getting to see who she wants to be today. What was it like collaborating with people who were specifically aware of her history?
“It’s validation for me that i’m doing the right thing,” she reflected. “I feel like that was the whole goal on the show was to come here and show the world what I’m made of and that I could bounce back. Now I feel like I’m really being true to who I am as an artist and a person, and I’m just glad that’s resonating with people.”
Indeed, Monday night’s performance was the most bold that we’ve seen from Meghan since she stepped onto “The Voice” stage. It felt like a clear statement of where she wants to go with her career, and it made us want to follow her.
But first, she’s still got a singing competition to participate in. We asked her if now that she’s reached the Top 10, which is an impressive benchmark, if she allows herself to feel more confident about her chances or if there’s always a certain degree of caution since her fate remains in America’s hands.
“I think you have to be positive, and I feel like you manifest things in your life. I’ve always believed that,” Meghan told us. “For me, I just try to be positive, live in the moment and just do my thing.”
Based on what we saw last night, she’s doing her thing very, very well.
Find out if Meghan advances to the Top 8 when The Voice continues Tuesday at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.