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  • Local singer Christiana Danielle Hicks sings a jazzy version of “Hotline Bling” in her audition for “The Voice” that aired Monday. (NBC)

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 1:00 am

Snider grad keeps it together to secure spot on 'The Voice'

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

If you thought Christiana Danielle Hicks looked a little emotional at the end of her “blind audition” on “The Voice,” that's because she was.

“I was in complete shock,” she told The Journal Gazette on Tuesday, saying that while she was singing she kept it together because she didn't want to mess up. “But when the song was over, everything (emotionally) was kind of fair game and I just kind of fell apart.”

Hicks, a 22-year-old Snider High School and Huntington University graduate, calls herself an introvert and says this show is the first time she is seeing herself as an artist.

The Fort Wayne native had never performed for a crowd like the one on “The Voice” where she sang a soulful take on Drake's “Hotline Bling” in a pretaped episode of the NBC competition series that aired Monday night. She performed as Christiana Danielle.

Within a few seconds of her song, Adam Levine turned his chair around, signaling his interest in Hicks joining his team.

After a few moments, Kelly Clarkson did the same and Alicia Keys followed, leaving only Blake Shelton out of the running to be her coach. Hicks screamed with joy after finishing her song but seemed a little disappointed that Shelton hadn't made a play for her.

“I have a slight crush on Blake,” she says. “Actually, I did want Blake as a coach. When I first walked in, I said 'If Blake turns around, I'm all his because I love him.' But when he didn't turn around but Adam, Kelly and Alicia all turned around, I was actually completely confused, and I was like, 'I didn't plan for this!'”

After hearing praise from Levine, Clarkson, Keys and even Shelton, Hicks picked multi-Grammy winner Keys to be her coach.

“It was really what was said to me. Alicia Keys really spoke to me,” she says about her choice. “She said that I was a genre-bending artist, and that's exactly what I would like to be.”

Hicks says she does not want to be put in a box and wants to reach as many people as possible without losing herself. That's something she felt Keys understood.

The blind auditions were filmed in October and several more rounds of competition were recorded in January, so Hicks is currently in Fort Wayne. She could not reveal if she will advance to the live shows where the audience gets to vote for who they want to stay each week. The live rounds, which are broadcast twice a week from Los Angeles, are at least a month away.