Beverly McClellan

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Beverly McClellan
Beverly McClellan.jpg
McClellan performing in June 2012
Background information
BornJuly 6, 1969
Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedOctober 30, 2018(2018-10-30) (aged 49)
California, U.S.
GenresBlues, rock, folk
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, trumpet, French horn, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, djembe, drums and percussions
Years active1990–2018
LabelsJunk Drawer Records, Indie
Associated actsSteve Vai

Beverly McClellan (July 6, 1969 – October 30, 2018) was 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 later learned to play guitar, trumpet, French horn, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, djembe and a wide variety of drums and percussion. 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]


She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, and raised in Gate City, Virginia. 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 of Mohawk descent. To honor her, McClellan had tattoos representing a variety of different aspects of her grandmother's heritage.[2]

She first played with Tami Gordon in a duo called Uncommon Ground. After that she worked with singer, songwriter, guitarist Robyn Fear in the Florida Keys and south Florida region. Years 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, Florida. 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.[citation needed]

McClellan was 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.[citation needed]


Beverly McClellan died on October 30, 2018, at the age of 49 from endometrial cancer. She died in Fort Lauderdale FL.[3]



(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


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


  1. ^ a b Lesley Goldberg on AfterEllen: An interview with Beverly McClellan Archived May 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Beverly McClellan Lesbian Singer Musician Talk of the Town Fort Lauderdale". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "'The Voice' Star Beverly McClellan Dies After Battle with Cancer". 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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