71-Year-Old Wows Judges With 1960 Brenda Lee Classic on ‘The Voice Senior’

The Voice SeniorMarianne Nobel Performs “I’m Sorry” & “Back To Black”

With her strong voice, her straightforward manner, leopard jacket, and black boots, 71-year-old Marianne Nobel captured the hearts of viewers when she took center stage for her blind audition on ‘The Voice Senior’ — the talent show’s much-celebrated spin-off for contestants 60 years and older.

Marianne is super-relatable with a bohemian streak that shines. She prides herself on “wearing second-hand clothing, still having nice legs, popping out a perfect cover.”

The Voice SeniorFor her blind audition on The Voice Senior, Marianne chose to sing Amy Winehouse’s 2006 mega-hit, ‘Back To Black’ the record that catapulted Winehouse into the mainstream, changing her life irrevocably and turning her into an international superstar.

Back To Black is not the easiest song to sing, but it proves to be no challenge for the 71-year-old singer who got all four judges to turn their chairs, sending her on to the next rounds.

It was then that Marianne delighted everyone by choosing to sing Brenda Lee’s 1960 hit, ‘I’m Sorry’ and nothing could have made us happier. I’m Sorry is considered to this day to be Lee’s signature song and one of the most beautiful melodies of the teen pop genre.

I’m Sorry is famous for being one of the first examples of the “Nashville Sound.” This music centers on stringed instrument sections, supporting vocals, and a crooning lead singer, a fusion of country, pop, and a sprinkle of doo-wop.

Marianne  Noble did the song justice. With her soaring vocals and a stage presence that exudes warmth, the 71-year-old singer connected with the audience, and made more than one judge misty-eyed. Our only complaint is that her performance didn’t last long enough, but that’s why YouTube invented the replay button. Enjoy!

Watch Marianne’s mesmerizing “Back To Black” audition:

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