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Who Is Cherie Oakley From ‘The Voice’?

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Cherie Oakley already has a No. 1 country hit under her belt, so how come most people never heard of her until her audition on ‘The Voice‘? Well, that No. 1 hit was Reba McEntire‘s ‘Turn On the Radio,’ which the 29-year-old Oakley co-wrote.

After a childhood spent in musical theater, Oakley moved to Nashville at the age of 20. After working in a recording studio for a few years, she got a gig as a full-time touring background vocalist for Carrie Underwood. She followed that up with a similar gig for Gretchen Wilson. Oakley was offered a record deal and co-wrote ‘Turn On the Radio’ for what she thought would be her first album. But after the deal fell apart, Reba ended up recording the tune, taking it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

Despite her songwriting success, Oakley truly wants to establish herself as a recording artist. ‘The Lord has allowed me to experience so much and yet I’ve never had the real opportunity to make my dream a reality,” explains Oakley in a blog post. “I’m looking at ‘The Voice’ as a huge platform.”

While Oakley’s audition performance of Miranda Lambert‘s ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ backfired with ‘Voice’ coach Blake Shelton, she landed a spot on Christina Aguilera‘s team. “I had originally hoped for Blake — after all, I sing country music,” writes Oakley. “But I couldn’t have been more blown away and excited with Christina!”

Watch Cherie Oakley Perform ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ on ‘The Voice’

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