On “The Voice Senior,” a contestant who is 63 years old closes her eyes and belts out an Etta James song from 1959.

The exhilarating rendition of Mechelina Delivers’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” is played.
Age is not a factor in talent, especially artistic skill. On The Voice Senior, contestants over sixty can compete against contestants of their own age. Their incredible sounds are at last brought to light by this.

On Singing Seniors, candidates not only have the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience but also receive private voice coaching from well-known judges as they progress through the competition and battle it out to be proclaimed the champion.

On “The Voice Senior,” we’ve witnessed some genuine competitors who put many pros to shame. These elderly vocalists don’t use “auto-tune” to “fix” their sounds when they’re not good, in contrast to many younger singers. What you hear on “The Voice Senior” is pure vocal talent.


Mechelina, 63, is the same as everyone else. Most younger people would have assumed Mechelina was just a “ordinary” grandmother or great-grandmother when she appeared on the “The Voice” stage. Although she is a grandma and great-grandmother, she possesses a superpower common to grandmothers: a strong voice.

In the video below, Mechelina enters the stage before the music begins to play. Who wouldn’t be a bit concerned if she was? She inhales deeply, closes her eyes, and begins to sing a well-known Etta James song that enthralls both the audience and the judges.

Many contemporary acts have covered and sampled “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” but never in this way. Mechelina’s rich, sparkling voice envelops the audience in a vintage 1960s sound that transports them on an emotional journey as she caresses the words:


“Let me tell you now that I have never felt like this before. Something has my throat and won’t let go. Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods collaborated on “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”‘s lyrics. Gospel, blues, and soul are all present. That song was written by us and was based on a church song, as James once remarked. The title of the spiritual song was “Something’s Got a Hold on Me, It Must Be the Lord.” The song immediately became popular, peaking at number four on the Hot R&B Sides list. Additionally, the song reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Mechelina had a lot to live up to when she took the stage of “The Voice” Senior, especially given the song she chose and the fact that Etta Jame’s gospel/blues voice was well-known, which made it simple for others to draw comparisons. We think Mechelina did a good job, even if the judges don’t agree, and we hope she’ll be back soon to try out again. Her lovely voice is something we want to hear more of.

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