When Adam Levine told Amber Carrington she’d be singing the James Bond theme “Skyfall” on Monday night’s “The Voice,” she feared that she was done for.
“When Adam gave me that song I was kind of mad at him,” the Texas-born country artist told TODAY.com, “because it's Adele. (I was like) 'Do you not want me to succeed at all or something?’”
Yet she had nothing to worry about. Amber’s performance of the Academy Award-winning title track from Daniel Craig’s latest 007 outing won her unanimous praise from the coaches. She also got to show off a Bond Girl-worthy look, slinking across the stage in a bejeweled black dress. It was no surprise that “Voice” producers chose Amber to fill the show’s coveted closing spot.
How did Amber turn her initial concerns into such a strong finished product? She credited the “Voice” choreographers with helping her get into character. “They're like 'Listen, you have to get in the (right) mode (for the song), like a James Bond girl. We need to give you a name, like an alter-ego,’” she recalled.
“They were like, 'Your new name is Diamond,’ and I was like, 'I can own this.' When I went up there (Monday night), I was Diamond.”
The name choice ended up being unintentionally amusing, as four of Amber’s fellow artists -- including her teammates Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill -- performed Rihanna’s “Diamonds” earlier in the evening. That led to some playful confusion.
“Everybody kept talking about ‘Diamonds,’” Amber quipped, “and I was like, ‘What? Are you talking about me?’"
Amber’s performance marked the first time a “Voice” artist has performed a song written specifically for a feature film. The fact that she did well by one of the best-loved Bond themes is even more impressive considering that she wasn't even a fan of the film franchise.
“I haven't seen the movie. I'm aware of Adele's version of the song because I've heard it, but I haven't seen any James Bond movie in my life,” she admitted. “But I'll go watch them now.”
She could even consider it research. During last week’s show, Amber’s coach confessed that he’s always wanted to be a secret agent. So would she be open to being Adam Levine’s Bond Girl?
“I would love that!” she enthused.