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Singer/songwriter from Rapid City turns chairs on “The Voice”

Rowan Grace (Hibbard), Rapid City, SD will coach with recording star Gwen Stefani after being selected to advance on "The Voice."

RAPID CITY, SD – The second time was the charm for Rapid City singer/songwriter Rowan Grace as she performed for an all-new episode on Monday night, October 10, during the famed reality TV competition series ”The Voice” airing its final Blind Auditions.

A watch party at Rapid City Central was held for the Cobbler student who had auditioned for the show in 2019 and had gotten a call back but ultimately not a final slot.

Rachel Windsor with SK POP reported Gwen Stefani had only two spots remaining and was looking for a young female singer to add to her team. Rowan Grace took to center stage to perform her rendition of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Traitor.” Her clear tone and contemporary voice made both Stefani and John Legend turn their chairs immediately for her. Later, Camila Cabello also turned her chair for “The Voice” contestant.

Family and friends supported the young performer both on location of “The Voice” and at a watch party held at Rapid City Central.  Photo “The Voice.”

Rowan Grace, (her parents are Jill Hibbard and Cory Hibbard) has been singing since the age of five. She is also a trained dancer and has over nine years of training in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, and modern. “The Voice” contestant was part of a competitive dance team for two years. The 17-year-old has also been a part of musical theater.

Her first single, titled “How I Want It,” was released in 2019. “The Voice” contestant also released a video for the song. Apart from that, in 2020, she released three other singles titled, “Paradise,” “Closer” and “Best of Me.” All the proceeds from “Paradise” were donated to a memorial fund in honor of Rowan’s classmate, Shelby Lillebo, who passed away from cancer at the age of 14.

With her music streaming on YouTube, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music, Rowan Grace also plays piano and leads a self-titled band with whom she has performed all across the country.  Her musical inspirations, according to her Spotify bio, include Adele, Billie Eilish, Elton John, The Beatles, Queen and Ariana Grande.

After her performance, Legend shared that he felt like Rowan “really connected with the song.” Camila said that she could “coach Rowan through her nervousness.” Gwen shared that she won the show with 15-year-old Cater Rubin and could do the same with the young contestant.

Ultimately, Rowan ended up choosing Gwen Stefani as her coach for the rest of the season.

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