It all started with the voice – the voice of a first-grade girl in a blue and white sailor shirt singing her heart out to “Never Never Land” at her elementary school’s rendition of Peter Pan. From that moment on, Kristen Merlin knew the stage would be her home. Merlin continued to perform at every opportunity that came along, and in her junior year of high school she was given the best gift she’d ever received - her first guitar. In a few short months, she was a self-taught guitarist and began writing her own material. After earning her BA in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, and brushing up her performance chops all over Massachusetts with her own band, as well as another one of Boston’s leading cover bands, Six Foot Sunday, Merlin’s talents landed her a spot on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series, The Voice. After her audition of Sugarland’s “Something More,” and some heated haggling between coaches Adam Levine and Shakira, Merlin joined Team Shakira and became a powerhouse female staple of The Voice: Season 6. Merlin, who finished 4th overall on The Voice, is now making her debut with original music. Her EP, Boomerang, is now available.