Army Col. daughter stuns crowd on “The Voice”


The 17-year-old daughter of an Army colonel reached the live-performance round of the NBC singing competition “The Voice,” impressing her celebrity coach enough to become one of 20 contestants to make the cut.

Bryana Salaz sang her version of the Demi Lovato hit “Heart Attack” in a head-to-head duel with Sugar Joans, who selected Beyonce’s “Love on Top.”

Gwen Stefani, who had coached both singers in the lead-up to the sing-off, chose Bryana to move on, but her foe also ended up advancing, selected via “steal” by another celebrity coach, Pharrell Williams.

“Thank you guys for your support. I can’t even explain how blessed I feel,” Salaz said Monday on Facebook.

In a reality show that includes “steals,” calls its duet portion the “battle round” and focuses on battles between singing teams led by Stefani, Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, the path to the finish line and a guaranteed recording contract can take may directions. But Bryana could get a boost from her extended Army family in her next performance, as the show’s viewer-vote portion begins.

In the live playoff rounds, which start Nov. 10, five singers from each of the four teams will compete over two nights, with the leading audience vote-getters advancing alongside a coach’s choice for each team in a Nov. 12 results show.

Bryana’s performance date has not been announced.

Bryana’s father, Col. Ed Salaz, serves with the 757th Transportation Center out of St. Louis.

By Kevin Lilley (Army Times)

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