Believe it or not, we are currently in the middle of The Voice Season 23! It’s the Playoffs round, and things are really starting to heat up. Niall Horan is in a strong position following the show because a member of his team, Gina Miles, sang a stunning cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game.
If you haven’t heard it yet, you can join the 696,000 people who have watched it on YouTube in the last eight days. Considering how exceptional it is, you’ll probably want to add your own comments to these ones:
“People who don’t sing often won’t realize just how difficult it is to switch registers so effortlessly like she does. She’s insane” said one fan. While another exclaimed, “Richness on the low tones and ethereal feel in her upper range, so perfect in her head voice, mesmerizing. She really connected these lyrics to emotion and surprised holding that long notes. Nicely done!”
Even the other judges were in full support of this talented young lady when she finished the song. Kelly Clarkson was on her feet, applauding loudly, and the others just looked blown away. This is the first year where the judges decide the final eight rather than an audience vote. Each had the unenviable task of cutting their roster of five down to two. The quality of Gina’s voice, her range and her ability to switch registers meant that her inclusion was a no-brainer.
It seems certain she’ll give us more outstanding performances in future heats, but who is this talented young lady? Gina was born in Paxton, Illinois, the youngest of her parents’ two daughters. She was born on November 7th, 2003 making her just nineteen. She’s far younger than her very self-assured performance would suggest. Gina was raised by her dad, and he is responsible for her initial interest in music. He was a DJ who performed every weekend. When she became a teenager Gina wanted t get involved and started helping at his gigs.
Unsurprisingly, she was a member of her high school’s show choir before she moved to California at sixteen. You might assume the move was her Dad’s decision, but you’d be wrong. Gina was already interested in building a career in music and didn’t see how that was possible in her small hometown. She took the huge, and very brave step, of moving to Sacramento to live with her aunt. It worked out well for her.
Although she is only receiving worldwide recognition now she’s on the voice, Gina has been working hard on her music for years. She released a five-track EP called Who Are You in 2022. The lead song, I Can Feel It, has had 133,000 listens on Spotify and Gina has 5,500 regular listeners each month. She has less than 1000 subscribers on YouTube but that figure seems certain to skyrocket. Check out another of her songs, Incredibly Impatient while you’re waiting for her next performance on The Voice. If you would like to see more from Gina Miles, you can subscribe to their YouTube channel or follow them on Facebook.