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  • Christiana Danielle Hicks (NBC photos)

  • Hicks performed Drake's “Hotline Bling.” Three of the coaches – Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys – turned their chairs, but Hicks chose to join Keys' team during Monday's blind audition.

  • Hicks performed Drake's “Hotline Bling.” Three of the coaches – Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys – turned their chairs during Monday's blind audition.

  • Hicks chose to join Alicia Keys' team during Monday's blind audition.

  • Hicks

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 1:00 am

Coaches on 'Voice' praise Snider grad

Journal Gazette

Another city singer has started her journey on “The Voice.”

Christiana Danielle Hicks, 22, who attended Snider High School and Huntington University, appeared in a pre-taped Blind Audition on Monday night.

Performing as Christiana Danielle, she sang Drake's “Hotline Bling.” Three of the coaches – Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys – turned their chairs to ask her to join their team and Hicks chose Keys.

Levine told Hicks that she is “one of the greatest gifts we've been given on the show.”

“You could win this show,” Clarkson said about Hicks' performance.

In an introductory segment before her audition, Hicks shared that a throat virus once landed her in the hospital for emergency surgery and doctors said she would never sing again. But, in what she considers a miracle, she regained her voice against the odds and has devoted her life to giving back through music.

She earned a social work degree from Huntington University and said she is taking a gap year before pursuing another degree.

It will be several weeks before Hicks is again seen in the next pre-taped round of the NBC singing competition. If she advances through several pre-taped rounds, Hicks will move on to live shows where viewers cast votes for whom they wish to see continue each week.

Local teenager Addison Agen took second place on the show in December. Barry Minniefield, a soul singer who was also a Fort Wayne native, appeared in 2015.