Christian Who Fled Islamic Persecution Stuns on THE VOICE
By Movieguide® Contributor
THE VOICE contestant Tasha Jessen has blown away viewers with her talent and moving story about growing up in Pakistan.
At her audition, Jessen shared some of her personal history, including what it was like to grow up in Pakistan.
“Growing up, my parents were super musical; my whole family sings,” Jessen explained. “But life was hard in Pakistan because Pakistan is an Islamic country, and I was the one Christian kid in school.”
She said she “stuck out like a sore thumb” because her mother was afraid to let her leave the house, fearing religious persecution. The family eventually fled Pakistan and moved to Thailand.
Jessen then moved to the United States and now lives with her husband Maverek in Colorado. Maverek is the lead guitarist in the couple’s church worship band.
“From the moment that I met her, she was the best singer I’d ever met,” Maverek said of his wife. “And so it’s just been amazing for her to land in the United States and then immediately just start pushing hard towards her dreams and her goals.”
Jessen called her audition a “dream” and impressed the show’s judges with her performance of Leon Bridges’ “River” during the Blind Auditions.
“Your voice is hard to define,” Blake Shelton, who Jessen chose as her coach, said. “Which is the best thing you could have going for you.”
Shelton continued, “Tasha looks like a star. Nobody else sounds like Tasha, and she’s on Team Blake.”
Jessen shared that she hopes her performance will “show little girls in Pakistan” that anything is possible.
Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.
What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.
You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.
Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.
Enjoy articles like this? Sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest news, interviews, and movie reviews for families: