THE VOICE: Former Miss Mississippi Holly Brand advances to Live Performance Rounds

Published 10:12 pm Monday, May 8, 2023

Former Miss Mississippi Holly Brand has advanced on to the Live Performance rounds of “The Voice.”

Brand and D. Smooth were both chosen from the five competitors who had made it to the playoff rounds on team (Kelly) Clarkson.

During Monday night’s competition, Brand sang “Bring On the Rain” which was recorded by American country music artist Jo Dee Messina.

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In a rehearsal prior to the performance, Brand brought Clarkson to tears with her rendition of the song. The 2021 Miss Mississippi also said in an interview following the rehearsal with Clarkson, that she has struggled for the last couple of years finding herself.

“I almost didn’t audition for the show because I didn’t feel like I was good enough. I went through a really difficult time finding myself over the last couple of years, of having this dream (of auditioning for “The Voice”) and wanting to accomplish it, but just truly not believing in myself,” Brand said.

With Brand advancing to the Live Performance shows, the former state title holder will now compete against the remaining seven competitors during a live broadcast. The television audience will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists.

Brand is a Meridian native. In addition to being crowned Miss Mississippi in 2021, she also won the title of Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in 2017.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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