Beverly McClellan

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Beverly McClellan
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Background information
Born Kingsport, Tennessee
Genres Blues, rock, folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, trumpet, French horn, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, djembe, drums and percussions
Years active 1990 – present
Labels Junk Drawer Records, Indie
Associated acts Steve Vai
Website beverlymcclellan.com

Beverly McClellan is an American singer and a contestant in the first season of the American TV series The Voice, reaching the final four.

At age four, McClellan started playing the piano and currently can play piano, guitar, trumpet, French horn, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, djembe and a wide variety of drums and percussions. She started singing at age 24 and had been performing at clubs in and bars around Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 20 years.[1] She had won the New York National Music Festival in 2004 as Best Overall Performer amongst 500 contestants.[2]

Biography[edit]

Beverly McClellan studied at South Fork High School and then at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her paternal grandmother was a Native American Indian (Mohawk). To honor her, McClellan carries many tattoos representing a variety of different aspects of her grandmother's heritage.[2]

She first played with Tammy Gorden in a duo called Uncommon Ground. Later, she formed her own band called DJ's Daughter, named after her mother. She recorded a few songs with that band, played many gigs for years before beginning to perform as a solo act. She then recorded another two albums on her own before joining Swoop, another band from Fort Lauderdale.

While she was in the recording studio, her producer invited her to try out for the first season of The Voice. Prior to auditioning for the show, McClellan had already recorded five independent albums without having been signed by any record label. She was coached by Christina Aguilera and finished in 3rd/4th place in the competition.

McClellan is an openly lesbian artist.[1] In June 2011, she appeared on the cover of SHE magazine, a South Florida lesbian magazine. She also recorded lead vocals for the song "John the Revelator" on Steve Vai's 2012 album The Story of Light, and toured with Vai the same year.

Christine David of Artemis Design Group is a personal friend of McClellan, and she has won two National Addy Awards for the design of McClellan's CD's.

Beverly was born in Kingsport, TN and raised in Gate City, Va.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

(All independent releases on own label)

  • Uncommon Ground
  • Back to My Roots
  • As a Girl
  • Talk of the Town (2003)
  • Beverly McClellan (2011)
  • Fear Nothing (2011)
Beverly McClellan at IML 2013 in Chicago

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US CAN
2011 "Piece of My Heart" 63 The Voice
"Baba O'Riley" (feat. Justin Grennan)
"I'm the Only One"
"The Thrill Is Gone" 123 71
"Beautiful" (feat. Christina Aguilera) 74
"Lovesick" 111 42

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