Sad news for The Voice family today. Beverly McClellan, who competed on Team Christina in Season 1, lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Beverly had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometrial cancer an was undergoing treatment. She was 49 years old.
Here is the clip of her Blind Audition, singing Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”
In a statement, her publicist said, “It is with great sadness I have to share the news that we lost Beverly today. She was a wonderful, funny, complicated, and incredibly talented young woman who touched millions with her voice and her huge heart. I am honored to have been her manager and her friend. Please keep her spirit alive by sharing her music and all the wonderful memories you have of her.”
Beverly McClellan embodied what The Voice is all about. She was 41 when she auditioned and didn’t look like the typical rock/pop star. She had a shaved head and was an out lesbian, which was uncommon on talent shows. But she could sing! And that was the point of the Blind Auditions. Artists had a chance to make it big and to win regardless of how they looked. Beverly made it all the way to the final four on Season 1. She also memorably did a duet of “Beautiful” with Christina Aguilera on the Finale.
The outpouring of love has been coming in from many people surrounding the show. Even The Voice itself posted on Instagram and Twitter, saying:
“The only thing greater than Beverly McClellan’s voice was her heart. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans during this difficult time.”
Then, her fellow Season 1 contestant, Nakia, also tweeted his love for Beverly. He also shared a performance where the two sang together.
I am absolutely heartbroken. My dear friend & fellow S1 @NBCTheVoice alum, @beverlyshane has died. Truly a unique soul with a beautiful heart, full of passion & an amazing talent. This was us singing @xtina's Beautiful on tour.https://t.co/j7ry4PdkSt 📹 @AlTheKiller
— Nakia (@Nakia) October 31, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Beverly McClellan’s friends and family. She and her talent and heart will be greatly missed.