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Christiana talks 'The Voice'

SING:Huntington University graduate and Fort Wayne native Christiana Hicksconcluded her time on “The Voice” last week.

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Huntington University alumni and Fort Wayne resident Christiana Hicks entertained viewers on NBC’s Television show “The Voice” this season.

Hicks, 23, made it to the Top 10, singing her version of hits like “Hotline Bling,” “Elastic Heart,” “Umbrella” and “A Thousand Years.”

Hicks is a May 2017 HU graduate with a degree in social work. She was on the track team and sang on the university’s Christian choir group, “Joyful Noise.”

Monday night she performed the song “Ain’t No Sunshine” and was announced Tuesday to be one of the bottom three performers for the week.

She sang “Unchain My Heart” Tuesday night trying to beat out fellow contestants Jackie Verna and Rayshun LaMarr. Hicks and Verna received the least amount of fan votes and were eliminated Tuesday night.

During a telephone interview from Philadelphia Thursday, Hicks spoke to the Herald-Press about her experience on the show. She has plans to return to Fort Wayne next week.

“I am working on some original music and plan on going to different cities to sing this summer,” Hicks said.

She said “The Voice” was a huge step and a way to get her feet wet.

Hicks has plans to attend Rutgers University in New Jersey in the fall to get her master’s degree in social work.

Her favorite memories were working one-on-one with her coach Alicia Keys and working with her teammate and contestants.

“It was amazing working with Alicia. She really spoke my music language. I’m not a musician, so it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what I want, but she understood me as an artist and vocalist,” Hicks said.

Hicks’ favorite performance of the season was “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

“I hope viewers saw my artistry and how much I enjoyed being up there and sang with my heart,” Hicks said.

She said her faith kept her going during the competition when her schedule got busy.

“All the love was incredible,” Hicks said. “It was a great experience that I am so thankful for and I wouldn’t change anything.”