West Chester singer selected by Adam Levine on 'The Voice'
● By J. Chambless
West Chester singer Jackie Verna, 22,
name-checked her home town on the March 13 episode of “The Voice”
as she was selected by Adam Levine as the final member of his team.
Verna sang “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini for her audition.
In a recap posted online on March 13, Entertainment Weekly writer Amanda Bell wrote, “They’re not going to let this night finish up without tearing up our hearts ’til the very end, are they? Here we have yet another survivor on the stage -- this time, a girl who made it through a terrible car accident that caused a head injury and facial disfiguration and also damaged her courage for performing. After Jackie’s aunt put a keyboard back into her hands, though, things started to turn around for her, and here we are.”
Levine was the only judge to turn around for Verna, and when he saw her, he ran to the stage and hugged her. “I'm so beyond stunned right now,” he said, praising Verna's audition.
Bell added in her recap of the show, “Jackie’s not a perfect singer -- not even close. But the pop singer does have some intriguing variety and tonal progression that makes her worth keeping an eye on, at least in Adam Levine’s mind. He offers her the last spot on his team, and we’ll have to wait ’til the battle rounds to see/hear if he can help her stitch together what works about her showcase and the leave those nerves behind. For now, Adam’s just delighted to finally nab a country artist.”
In an Instagram post, Verna wrote, “WOW … I am at a loss for words right now. I am so excited to be a part of #teamadam!!!!!! The amount of support I am already getting has truly made my heart feel so full so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart let's do this y'all!”
A fan page was set up overnight on Facebook, and updates are posted by Verna on Instagram at itsjackieverna. Her videos are also posted on YouTube.