On Monday night when she wowed the coaches and viewers with an emotional rendition of Simon and Garfunkel‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
E! News chatted exclusively with Tessanne backstage after the show, where she revealed that she initially didn’t want to sing the song, but it took on a whole new meaning for her after receiving a text message from her sister.
“I was in his kitchen when [Adam] told me the song, and I was like, ‘What about this song?’ and he just gets this look where you know there’s no arguing,” Tessanne explained. “When he sets on, you just know. I was like OK.
I tried a little bit of it in the kitchen and he was like, ‘ Tess, this is the song.'” But between that moment in Adam’s kitchen and rehearsals, Tessanne said she “found out some very sad news” from her sister. “I got a text from my sister…we lost someone we know,” she revealed.
“It just kind of sidelined me.”
Fortunately, Tessanne’s performance, which you can watch above, was therapeutic for her and was her “way of getting through” the pain. “It was therapy and that’s music of me, it’s not just being on a stage singing,” she said.
“It’s my way; it’s my coping mechanism.”
The Voice‘s live elimination airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC.