The big-haired girl who goes by the name Chevonne – the one who used her legs, style and side-step to make us notice her with a rocking rendition of The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket" on NBC's "The Voice" – is also Lauren Ianuzzi, the girl who timidly walked into a Northern Highlands Regional High School band room as a freshman to play the tenor sax.
Chevonne's performance last Monday impressed "The Voice's" four celebrity judges, but it was the story of who Chevonne used to be – a young talent struggling with an eating disorder – that led to a connection with Cee Lo Green, whose team she ultimately selected.
"That's what I heard in your voice, and it's not always obvious to everyone, but yours was obvious to me," Green said on the show. "It hit a sweet spot within me."
Chevonne believes she was born to do two things: be an artist and a positive influence. The 27-year-old Upper Saddle River native, who now lives in Little Falls, has a chance to do both on the popular singing competition. The show was watched by 12.18 million viewers last Monday, the 13th-highest rated show of the week, according to the Nielsen.
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