Bay Area-born ‘Voice’ contestant describes Blake Shelton in one word

Sisaundra Lewis

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – She has a heart of gold and a gentle spirit. Her positive attitude will change your day and put you at ease instantly with her bright smile and infectious laugh. There’s no doubt this woman has the “it” factor.

There’s something immensely special about Sisaundra Lewis. Spend five minutes with her, and you’ll see it. More than that, you’ll feel it. She has a way about her that brightens every moment. When we asked the superstar standout from “The Voice” about her good vibes, she once again flashes that beautiful smile. Her answer is simple. “It’s God,” she says. “It’s all God. My happiness comes from within, from him.”

Sisaundra won hearts all over the world with her stunning, heart-stopping voice. The judges fell in love with her, as did America. She brought the house down time and time again. She became “that voice” from “The Voice.” But, don’t remind her how many viewers tuned in each week. She laughs. “People, don’t tell me how many people are watching! I don’t want to know all that,” she explained.

The admiration was mutual between Sisaundra and the judges. She was a bit awestruck the first time she watched those iconic four chairs turn around to take in her performance. She came face to face with her idols. “All they want from me is to do my best. We want you to bring your voice here. We are going to nurture it. We are going to advise you. And, we want you to tell us what you want to be,” she told us. “It was kind of like, wow! You get to speak to superstars about this kind of stuff. I like this show. Oh my goodness.”

The mother of three credits her children with inspiring her to pursue this lifelong dream of singing. In fact, she did it on a whim, flying off to New York City, where she admits, with a wide grin, that when she was picked, she was left one glorious question: Now what? Then, when she had her first “Voice” performance, she was ready to “bring it,” she says.

“What can I give you to make you understand that I want this? This is who I am. This is what I came here to do. Okay, I’m ready now. Once those four chairs turned around, I said, ‘Oh Lord!  We’re in now.’”

She does admit that the support and love from the judges motivated her. “You never know if you’re going to get to a certain level in life where people will go, ‘Who told you that you can sing, child?’” she laughs. “And, it was just one of those moments of, oh my goodness, I guess I can sing.”

Being on “The Voice” changed Sisaundra’s life. But, it was certainly challenging and stressful. “I was writing lyrics on the mirror, so I could just pass by and see everything so it could record in my mind.”

This dedicated mom tells us that the toughest part was being away from her children. She utilized modern technology to make sure they knew how much she missed them. “I call it ‘text parenting’ cause I had to do my text parenting in that time frame like, ‘Are you up for school? Did you eat? Did you brush your teeth? Go to bed?’ That kind of thing. So, those were the hardest moments, but my kids were amazing,” Sisaundra said. In fact, she explains that they were the ones who encouraged her to try out for the show in the first place.

Sisaundra was Team Blake during her time on the West Coast. She describes her coach in one word: Humble.

“He’s humble. I’m like, how can you be that huge and still walk in and be like, ‘Hey y’all. How ya doing?’ It’s like talking to your best friend,” she explains. She told us it was his heart that drew her to him.

So, what about the current contestants? Who is her favorite and does she get nervous when she sees them performing? “I know what it’s like to feel like your heart is beating out of your chest and how am I gonna sing? How am I gonna remember the lyrics? You know, just all that. So, I’m with them in those moments. Lord, just please allow them to do what they’ve planned and execute it exactly how they rehearsed,” Sisaundra said.

She does have her favorites – Jordan Smith and Braden Sunshine. And, she prays for them each and every week when they take the stage. “To be on that show and have that opportunity to finally get there after all these years, I’ve got a lot to say. There are a lot of emotions in those songs,” she said.

The Polk County-born singer praises each and every person who has the courage to perform. “It takes a lot for anyone to get on that stage and to know how many people are watching and the expectation of you while you’re on there, so I consider everyone to be a winner,” she said.

Most of all, Sisaundra credits her faith in God for her strong spirit and success. She tells us that when she returned to Florida after the show, her voice needed a home and she found that at first Baptist Church in Orlando where her spiritual cup is filled week after week, and she shares her talent with thousands. “All I can say is, nobody but God,” she said.

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