Federal Way singer's run on 'The Voice' ends

Staff writerApril 8, 2014 

Federal Way singer Music Box is a contestant on "The Voice." (NBC Photo)

NBC — The Voice

Federal Way singer Ayesha Brooks was a “Girl on Fire” Monday night, but the heat wasn’t enough to keep her on the NBC talent show “The Voice.”

Brooks, who uses the stage name Music Box, was bested by fellow contestant Melissa Jimenez during the pair’s duet performance of the Alicia Keys ballad.

Jimenez was chosen by celebrity coach Usher during the second part of the show’s Battle Rounds. Usher had picked up Brooks during the first round on March 24 after she was let go by fellow celebrity coach Shakira.

“It’s pretty obvious why you’re on Team Usher. You have an incredible voice,” Usher told Brooks before she began rehearsals with Jimenez.

“This has the possibility of being an epic performance and a moment to remember for season six of ‘The Voice,” Usher said before the competition.

Brooks, a 28-year-old Virginia native, has lived in Federal Way since she was 5. She went to high school at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma.

Brooks’ mother and 2-year-old son were in the audience for the show.

“For my son to be here, it’s important because it’s showing him by example what it looks like to accomplish everything you worked so hard for,” Brooks said. “If I lose this battle, I have to go back to serving in a restaurant and start over musically.”

Brooks is a server at Basil’s restaurant in Tukwila.

After the “Girl on Fire” duet, Shakira and fellow judge Blake Shelton said Brooks delivered the better performance while Adam Levine gave the nod to Jimenez.

“I asked both of you to make this song personal,” Usher told the pair. “Because I am really looking forward to teaching and developing you … the winner of this battle is Melissa.”

Though her friends and family call her Ayesha, the singer becomes Music Box when performing. Her son, John-Alex, watched her sing her final performance on “The Voice.” “Everything I do is for that kid right there,” she told the coaches before departing the show.

“I think that Music Box has now been introduced to the world and her son can be very proud of his mom for going after her dream,” Usher said.

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