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What Has Wendy Moten Been Up to Since The Voice?
The Voice Season 21 finalist is still a fan favorite.
The Voice Season 21 finalist Wendy Moten nabbed second place in the competition, just behind Girl Named Tom, thanks to her soulful vocals that displayed her decades-long industry experience. (She's sung backup for several greats, including Julio Iglesias and Faith Hill.)
But her breakout Blind Audition, in which she sang a cover of The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," proved she's ready for the spotlight. Moten earned a coveted Four-Chair Turn, wowing Coaches Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton. (She ultimately went Team Blake.)
"I've worked with some of the greatest Artists in history; they were great storytellers, and I just wanted to reach people through song," Moten tells NBC Insider.
Right after The Voice Season 21 wrapped filming, Moten tended to her broken elbow, which she sustained on set after accidentally tripping over a monitor. At the time, she insisted the pain was mild and performed with a splint for six shows, straight to the final episode. After that, she flew home to Nashville and had surgery.
"They had to put a big titanium piece in my elbow to keep my shoulder and arm together," Moten says. "I [was going to] therapy three times a week."
She's since healed, and her career has soared to new heights. Right after The Voice, Moten performed on The Kelly Clarkson Show and sang the national anthem at a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game. She was booked solid with performances through March 2022, including multiple shows at Nashville's The Time Jumpers, the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and her Coach Blake Shelton's restaurant, Ole Red. In 2023, Moten honored Ray Charles at the Grand Ole Opry and even sang for Former President Bill Clinton.
Moten says it was Shelton's loyalty and very specific advice that helped sustain her confidence while on The Voice.
"I wasn't sure I could handle it. I wasn't sure if I could compete with these youngsters," she says. "What I loved about Blake was he knew that I had a lot of experience. He also was not trying to change me. If anything, he was encouraging me to trust my instincts."
She continues, "The most important thing is after I fell and injured myself, he still kept that same momentum. I never saw doubt or anything that would make me feel like I couldn't stay on. I always saw the fire inside, and I thanked him for sticking with me."
Her on-camera singing competition experience puts Moten in a great place to give advice — especially to future Voice Contestants. "Have fun and [know] this is the moment," she says. "Everything you've dreamt about, this is the time to do it. Because you're gonna be under a microscope in front of millions of people, and it's the best vehicle you'll ever have, even after you get record deals or you write the greatest song ever. You'll never get the type of exposure you're gonna get being on a show like this."