Mechelina Delivers Something’s Got a Hold on Me” Played in an Exciting Way
Talent, especially musical talent, has nothing to do with age. Performers over the age of sixty are able to compete on The Voice Senior with other people their own age. This finally brings attention to their amazing voices.
Contestants on Singing Seniors not only get to show off their talents and sing in front of the whole world, but they also get one-on-one vocal coaching from celebrity judges as they move through the show and compete with other contestants to be named the winner.
On “The Voice Senior,” we’ve seen some serious competitors who put many pros to shame. And unlike many younger performers, these older ones don’t use “auto-tune” to “fix” their voices when they’re not good. What you hear on “The Voice Senior” is singing talent, pure and simple.
Mechelina, who is 63, is no different. When Mechelina stepped onto the ‘The Voice’ stage, most younger people would have thought she was just a “ordinary” grandmother or great-grandmother. She is a grandmother and a great-grandmother, but like most grandmothers, she has a superpower: a powerful voice.
Before the music starts in the video below, Mechelina stands on stage. She might be a little nervous, but who wouldn’t be? She takes a few deep breaths, closes her eyes, and then starts to sing a well-known Etta James song, which captivates both the crowd and the judges.
Many modern 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 an old-school sixties sound that wraps around the crowd and takes them on a soulful journey:
“Let me tell you now I never felt like this before. “Something has me by the throat and won’t let go…”
Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods wrote “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” It has parts of soul, blues, and gospel. James once said, “That song was written by us, and it was based on a gospel song. “Something’s Got a Hold on Me, It Must Be the Lord” was the gospel song. The song was a big hit right away, reaching the top of the Hot R&B Sides chart at number four. The single also got to number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
So when Mechelina stood on the stage of “The Voice” Senior, she had a lot to live up to, especially since her song choice and the fact that people knew Etta Jame’s gospel/blues voice made it easy to compare her to Etta. Even if the judges don’t agree, we think Mechelina did a good job, and we hope she’ll come back soon to try out again. We want to hear more of her beautiful voice.