Fort Wayne’s Christiana Danielle focuses on meaningful songs on ‘The Voice’ and hopes viewer voting will support her
The performance by Christiana Hicks that helped earn her spot in the Top 12 contestants on “The Voice” grew out of singing a “very powerful” song and what it meant to her, the Fort Wayne native said.
Hicks, 23, who competes as Christiana Danielle on the NBC vocal talent show, will take that momentum into the Top 12 live shows, which take place at 8 p.m. tonight and Tuesday.
She said some people have questioned her decision to sing “Take Me to Church,” by Hozier, which criticizes the Christian church for the way it treats people who are homosexual.
Hicks spoke by phone with News-Sentinel.com on Saturday during a break in preparations in Los Angeles for this week’s live shows.
For Hicks, “Take Me to Church” stands for solidarity with people wronged by the Christian church, she said.
“I think the most important part of Christianity is Jesus Christ’s love,” which he extended to all, she said.
“The song led to a more powerful performance,” she added.
Hicks said she likes to think about a song before she decides how she wants to perform it.
“I really have to feel a song to see which way a song is taking me,” she said.
Her celebrity coach, pop star Alicia Keys, understands that and lets Hicks “settle into my song,” Hick said.
Hicks worked with Keys for about 40 minutes Thursday to rehearse the song Hicks will sing Monday night. The show doesn’t allow contestants to reveal what they will sing before broadcast of the show.
At her rehearsals, Hicks said she and Keys usually start off by talking about the background of the song and then about how Hicks wants to approach singing it.
“She knows I’m a ‘feeler,'” Hicks said. “‘What are you feeling? What are you feeling in your head?,'” Keys will ask.
Then Keys serves as translator to tell the band what Hicks wants to do musically with the song, Hicks said. Since Hicks’ previous performing experience mostly has involved worship teams at her church, New Zion Tabernacle in Fort Wayne, and at Huntington University, where she graduated in spring 2017, she can’t always explain to the band what she wants them to do in a way they understand.
Because she and Keys do so much talking at her rehearsals, Hicks said the sessions often run over the planned time.
“She’s not trying to get you in and get you out,” Hicks said.
Keys also comes by to chat with her team members earlier in the day on every performance night, Hicks said.
“She is so calming and relaxing,” she added.
Hicks said she also wants to thank people in the Fort Wayne area and at Huntington University for all of the support they have given her.
It means a lot, she said, and each week she tries to give them the best performance she can.
“The Voice” will be broadcast locally 8-10 p.m. Monday and 8-9 p.m. Tuesday on Fort Wayne’s NBC, Channel 21.2. The Top 12 contestants will sing Monday night and will find out viewer voting results Tuesday night and which one of them goes home.
HOW TO VOTE
From now through the show finals, the decision on what contestants stay and who goes home depends on the results of viewer voting. You must be age 13 or older to vote.
There are six ways viewers can vote during the overnight voting window between the end of the Monday night competition show and the Tuesday results show.
Using all of the available methods, one person can cast a combined total of 41 votes for each contestant. To see the complete voting rules, go to https://www.nbc.com/the-voice/exclusives/voice-rules.
Here’s how to vote during the overnight voting time period:
• “The Voice” app: Up to 10 votes per contestant per voter’s email address or Facebook account.
• Online: Up to 10 votes per contestant per voter’s email address or Facebook account by going to nbc.com/VoiceVote.
• Xfinity: Up to 10 votes per contestant. This method has a lot of instructions, which you can see here.
• iTunes: One vote per contestant per Apple ID by buying that contestant’s song. If the contestant’s song finishes in the Top 10 on the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart at the closing time of the overnight voting window, the contestant’s iTunes vote total will be multiplied by five as an iTunes bonus, which is added to the contestant’s vote total.
• Apple Music: Up to 10 votes by streaming the contestant’s song up to 10 times per Apple Music subscription.
• Twitter: At the end of a results show, viewers will have about 5 minutes to use Twitter to vote to save at least one of the artists among those with the lowest vote totals. To vote for an Instant Save, tweet or retweet a message containing one of the assigned hashtags for that contestant. The hashtags include the correct spelling of the contestant’s name and variations of it.
Here are the Twitter hashtags to save Christiana Hicks:
To read News-Sentinel.com’s previous stores about Christiana Hicks’ journey on “The Voice,” click here.