MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Mid-South teen Reagan Strange has taken America by storm as the most streamed singer on NBC’s “The Voice” this season.
Last week, Reagan sang her way to the Top-10 in the seat-turning singing contest.
WMC5 sat down with the Grammy-nominated Memphis producer who knew the 14-year-old before she hit it big.
"She's a natural-born star,” said CrossTrax Music Studio Founder and Producer Justin Rimer.
Rimer recalled how Reagan stopped him in his tracks the first time he heard her voice, when she was 9.
“I’m just sitting here doing my thing, and she’s just tiny, and all of a sudden she just started belting and I turned around and I was like, ‘What in the?’” Rimer said. “That huge voice was coming out of that little girl.”
Back in 2016 when Reagan was 11, she caught the attention of WMC5 and was featured in a special report.
At the time, Rimer was writing and producing Reagan's first original single, a song called "Invincible."
Back then, the singer and actress had already made her national television debut on the kid TV show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”
Now, we’re getting a glimpse behind the star power that got “The Voice” coaches to turn their chairs on national television.
"She’s fearless and she always has been,” Rimer said.
With expert voice control, sheer charisma, and disarming vibrato, Rimer says it’s about Reagan’s individuality.
"I think she really is herself and you can even see that on ‘The Voice,’ when she turns songs into her own as opposed to completely mimicking the artist she’s performing,” Rimer said.
Rimer says Reagan also has an unparalleled support system.
“From her mother, father, stepfather, grandparents, everybody, her friends,” Rimer said. “Everybody is involved in helping her achieve her dreams.”
He says Reagan has the passion, practice, patience, and dedication. "This is not the kind of business that you’re just going to all of a sudden in one night make it,” Rimer said. “From the first time she ever came in here and recorded to the first public appearances to now seeing her on the biggest platform in the world, she is owning it and the fans are loving it.”
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to watch,” Rimer said. “She’s such a pro. She’s always happy, always smiling and I think that’s the beauty of it. If she can stay that way, she’s golden because this business will eat you up and spit you out and you can’t let it.”