On ‘The Voice Senior,’ a 63-year-old contestant closes her eyes and belts out an Etta James classic from 1959.

Mechelina Meets Expectations A Thrilling “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” Performance
There is no age limit for talent, especially musical skill. The Voice Senior allows performers above the age of sixty to compete in a company of their peers, finally giving outstanding senior voices the recognition they deserve.

Singing senior contestants not only have the opportunity to showcase their talents and perform in front of the world, but they also receive one-on-one coaching from celebrity judges to hone and polish their vocal talents as they progress through the show, competing against other contestants for the title of champion.

On ‘The Voice Senior,’ we’ve seen some strong candidates who put many professionals to shame. Furthermore, unlike many younger artists, these elders do not employ “auto-tune” to “correct” flaws in their voices. What you’re hearing on “The Voice Senior” is genuine vocal talent.

Mechelina, 63, is no exception. Other younger people might believe this mild-mannered, modest senior is just a “average” grandmother — and indeed, she is a grandmother and a great-grandmother — but Mechelina, like most grandmothers, has a special superpower: she has a powerful voice.

Mechelina stands on stage when the clip (below) begins, before the music begins, perhaps a little nervous, but who wouldn’t be? She takes a few deep breathes, shuts her eyes, and begins singing a cherished Etta James song, capturing both the audience and the judges.

Many current artists have covered and sampled “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” but never like this. Mechelina’s rich, sparkling voice caresses the lyrics with that old-school sixties sound, enveloping the audience and transporting them on a heartfelt journey:

“Let me tell you, I’ve never felt this this before. Something has a firm grip on me and will not let go…”
Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods wrote “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” with elements of soul, blues, and gospel. “We wrote the song, and we modified it from a gospel song,” James once said. “Something’s Got a Hold on Me, It Must Be the Lord,” was the gospel song. The song was a huge success, reaching number four on the Hot R&B Sides list. The tune also reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

So when Mechelina took the ‘The Voice’ Senior stage, she had a lot to live up to, especially given her song selection and people’s familiarity with Etta Jame’s unique gospel/blues voice. The judges may disagree, but we believe Mechelina delivered, and we hope she will return to audition soon. She has a great voice, and we’d like to hear more of it.

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On ‘The Voice Senior,’ a 63-year-old contestant closes her eyes and belts out an Etta James classic from 1959.
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