The Voice honors Debra Byrd with tribute (Dedication explained)

The first Battles of season 25 closed with a special tribute to Debra Byrd, as a way to honor the late member of the The Voice family.
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The first Battle round performances of The Voice season 25 were full of incredible performances with the contestants bringing their all to the stage in hopes of making it through to the next episode. There were so many amazing battles in the first Battles of the season which saw the coaches using steals and playoff passes in order to keep artists from being eliminated and build the best team possible as we look ahead to the Knockouts. 

The performances gave viewers a lot to talk about, but it was the ending of the episode that sparked the most conversations among audiences. As the episode came to an end, the show aired a dedication card celebrating the life of Debra Byrd, a woman who shared a strong connection to the show.

“In loving memory of Debra Byrd 1951-2024,” read the tribute card that aired at the end of the March 18 episode of NBC’s long-running musical competition series. The tribute was designed to celebrate the legacy of Byrd, who sadly passed away on March 5 in Los Angeles at the age of 72. While Byrd’s name might not be immediately recognizable as she was not a contestant on the show but rather played a major role in helping guide the artists who competed on the show. 

Debra Byrd was a vocal coach on The Voice

If the name Debra Byrd did not ring a bell right away, this might be because Byrd was not a former contestant nor did she appear as a main part of the cast. Rather, Byrd used her years in the music industry to help guide the artists on the show as a vocal coach on The Voice. 

It's unclear how long Byrd worked on the show and during what seasons she worked on the show as the information is not on her IMDB page nor did NBC confirm the seasons in which Byrd worked on the show.

NBC's tribute on The Voice to Byrd came a day after ABC aired a tribute to Byrd at the end of the March 17 episode of American Idol. You see, in addition to working as a vocal coach on The Voice, Bryd was also a part of the Idol family having worked on several seasons of the show during its time on FOX working with top artists including Kelly Clarkson.

While Byrd is best known for her work as a vocal coach on The Voice and American Idol, her impact extended beyond the shows using her voice as a contributing artist to the soundtracks for The Lion King 1/2, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, and Sister Act II. She also worked with Barry Manilow performing on tour as part of his Lady Flash backup singers.

On behalf of the AudioPhix channel, are thoughts are with Byrd's family, friends, and loved ones.

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