Donna Allen is an American dance-pop singer, born in Key West, Florida , and raised in Tampa . At one point a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , she got her start performing in the bands Hi-Octane, Trama and Maxx. During her tenure with MAXX she was courted by Alan Walden (Capricorn Records/Hustler Productions) before launching a solo career.  She also sang backup on tour for Gloria Estefan for nine years.
In 2013, she made an attempted comeback by competing in Season 5 of NBC 's singing competition, The Voice . On the inaugural day of the season, broadcast on September 23, 2013, she performed Joe Cocker 's song " You Are So Beautiful " with two of the four judges, namely Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera , hitting their "I Want You" button and turning their chairs. Allen opted to be in Team Adam for the season.  During the Battle Rounds, she was defeated by fellow Team Adam teammate Tessanne Chin , the eventual winner of Season 5.