Berklee College of Music student Jackie Foster, 22, is among the final 12 contestants on NBC’s “The Voice.” The singer will compete live next week against the other 11 singers who made the cut. That includes Longmeadow 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli.
Foster wowed the season 14 judges — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton — on Tuesday night with her rendition of Heart’s “Alone,” receiving a standing ovation from all four. Keys, who is Foster’s coach, called the performance “flawless” and praised Foster for having a “very clear sense of who you are.”
Foster, a Poway, California, native, was among the final 24 contestants who performed live for the first time on Monday night, vying for a spot in the top 12. The artist with the most votes on each of the four teams on Monday night advanced immediately into the top 12. (Cartelli was one of them.) Foster, who sang “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS on Monday, did not get enough votes that night and had to perform again on Tuesday. She then received the most votes on her team Tuesday night, landing her in the top 12. Host Carson Daly announced the show’s top 12 artists at the end of Wednesday’s show.
Foster responded to the news on social media, tweeting, “WE MADE IT TO THE TOP !@!!! still crying and in shock. Thank you America for voting for me! I can’t thank this show enough for everything.”
— Jackie Foster (@itsjackiefoster) April 19, 2018
“You choose these beautiful songs that suit you, so I can only imagine what you’re going to write and what you’re going to do when you’re creating your own music,” Keys said to Foster on Tuesday’s episode. “You are so unique and powerful and genuine.”
Taunton native Mia Boostrom performed “Baby I Love You” by Aretha Franklin on Monday night and “Either Way” by Chris Stapleton on Wednesday night. She did not make it into the top 12. Boostrom and Foster once competed against each other on the show, during the knockout rounds when they were both on Levine’s team. In the knockout rounds of the competition, artists compete against teammates while singing separate songs. Levine chose Boostrom as the winner that night, and Keys proceeded to “steal” Foster for her own team, so Foster remained in the competition.
Foster, who began studying at Berklee in 2014 on a four-year scholarship, focuses her education on vocal performance and music business. She is the lead singer of an alternative rock band called Self Portraits that performs across New England.
Both Foster and Cartelli will perform again the week of April 23.