“She’s been the physical representation of what I want to be when it comes to being a working mom in the music business,” Porter, 34, told reporters after Monday’s show.
The frontrunner added how relieved she was to see such a big star have some semblance of a work-life balance.
“That’s been my biggest thing, just watching her. I’ve seen her with her kids a bunch of times; they’ve been here a bunch of times, and my kids have come,” she said. “Just knowing that it’s possible for me to be able to do that and my kids will be cool, they’ll still have time with their mom and all that kind of stuff, is No. 1.”
But that’s not all the singer has to thank her coach for: On Monday, Porter sang her own rendition of The Eagles’ classic “Desperado,” making it the first-ever Eagles song to be performed in the history of The Voice.
Aguilera pulled a few strings to get permission from the band to make the performance happen.
“Christina actually was the only person that was able to get the song cleared,” Porter said. “Her manager happens to be The Eagles’ manager as well. We found the song. It was a struggle, for at least me, to find a song for this week. Finally, we chose it, and we had to get it cleared, and the only person who could do it was Christina.”
She added, “I marched in her trailer and said, ‘Coach, please? Can you make a phone call?’ She did, and actually, it was so smooth. I’m so grateful to those guys for letting me sing their song because it really was a special moment for me. I think my favorite – ever.”
Porter, who landed a spot on Aguilera’s team at the beginning of the season, has appreciated every moment thus far.
“It’s been life-changing,” Porter said. “Nothing will ever be the same. I know that’s a cliché, but I never believed in myself, really, to the extent that you need to to make it in the music business, and now I do.”
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.