Placerville resident Jaclyn Lovey is barely old enough to drive, but she's already wowing music legends and audiences in Season 14 of the hit NBC show "The Voice."
In her blind audition for "The Voice," which aired Tuesday, judges Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys hit buttons signifying they wanted Lovey on their teams a minute into her rendition of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love."
While pop stars Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine didn't try to claim Lovey, 16, for their respective squads, they both showered her with compliments before Shelton and Keys made their pitches.
"I'm going to tell you right now, no one on this show sounds like you," Clarkson said.
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"No one in the world sounds like her," Shelton countered.
In the end, Keys won out by appealing to Lovey's simple approach. She chose the 15-time Grammy Award winner as a mentor for the rest of her run on "The Voice."
"I see exactly what we could do together," Keys said. "We'd be able to find songs that suit your voice just like this one did. We'd keep it pure, we'd keep it honest, we'd keep it genuine and it'll be all about you."
Lovey recorded her first single at age 11 following a family RV trip to Nashville, according to her NBC bio. She performed at the Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Merced county fairs last summer and released a four-song EP titled "17" in 2016.
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