The Voice finalist Wé McDonald brings her jazz and pop artistry in a much-anticipated, one-night-only performance. Opening Season 11 of The Voice with a four-chair turn, Wé went on to represent Alicia Keys in the finals and finish third place for the season.
Wé McDonald’s star-making turn on her show-stopping blind audition on the hit NBC TV show The Voice drew national attention in 2016, but it was the kind of momentous debut she had been preparing for her entire life. Blessed with a righteously robust voice, she’s been singing since the age of 12, attending the Harlem School for the Arts after school and on weekends, where she studied theater and piano. A thoughtful teenager who learned to respect and value difference at an early age, she revealed on The Voice that she experienced bullying in middle school, and has become an advocate for young people facing similar challenges when impacted by bullying behavior by their peers. Her self-released debut EP will be released in 2018, featuring a diverse slate of songs written by Wé that showcase her soaring vocal presence. Wé also has two books on tap for 2018: Make It Happen! Wé McDonald: Singer, part of the Make It Happen! series of books that helps middle school students build skills to reach their own goals; and Little Girl With The Big Voice, written by Wé for younger children. Wé’s captivating story as a singer and as a teenager courageously embracing her uniqueness is sure to resonate with kids looking to expand their own understanding of themselves and the world around them.
This performance is presented in association with the Downtown Urban Arts Festival.