Parijita Bastola creates history as the first Nepalese American contestant on The Voice

On September 27th, the Blind Auditions of Season 22 of The Voice saw history being created on their stage as Parijita Bastola‘s magnificent rendition of Labrinth’s 2016 hit, “Jealous’, ‘melodiously filled the arena. Enraptured, John Legend was the first to turn his chair, quickly followed by Camila Cabello and Gwen Stefani. Blake Shelton wasn’t too far behind.

The soulful performances struck a chord with the judges, with Camila exclaiming, “That was probably my favorite that anybody has sung so far.” But Bastola’s box of surprises wasn’t even half open. The judges were shocked to know that she was only 17, and what’s even more admirable is that she is the first Nepalese American to contest on the remarkable stage of the Voice. 

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“I definitely like to incorporate my Nepalese heritage into my singing and my music,” Parijita says later. 

Parijita Bastola on The Voice

Parijita Bastola on The Voice
Parijita Bastola on The Voice

A high-schooler from Maryland, Parijita tells how her family is a huge fan of the singing talent show, with them closing their family-owned restaurant on Mondays to catch up on the episodes of The Voice specifically. 

Celebrating her pioneering history and highlighting her heritage, Bastola presents the judges with Nepal-originated Rudraksha beads as her father vies for her to choose Team Legend for her coaching. She does just that, as she is into soul and R&B.

This talented girl has her own namesake band, “Bastola,” which was recently chosen to perform at the 2022 International Blues Challenge. With Jesse Kegley, Dylan Hood, Jack Slote, and Bennett Terhunt, they create renditions of the songs of Aretha Franklin, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, and so on. The band aims to bring blues back on top for the next generation with a refreshing outlook.

While many brilliant performers have brought the stage of The Voice 2022 on fire, it suffices to say that Bastola is probably in for the long haul and definitely one to look out for.

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