These blind auditions are zooming by really quickly. The coaches nearly have their teams filled up already. We’ll end tonight with two of the coaches only having one spot apiece on their teams The following are the more memorable auditions.
Tamar Davis joined a group called Girl Time when she was 11 years old. Her parents pulled her out of the group, and it went on to become Destiny’s Child. As an adult she sang with Prince and worked with Tyler Perry who is here supporting her today and encouraged her to auction. She has a well-seasoned voice, and Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton both turn their chairs. Adam Levine thinks it makes sense for her to be on Christina’s team, and in the end she decides to go with her.
Jessica Crosbie grew up in England but is living in Atlanta now believing her small hometown wouldn’t offer her what she needed for her career. She would love to work with Adam. She sings a more delicate version of “Viva La Vida,” and has a very pretty soft voice. Christina, Adam, and Pharrell Williams all turn their chairs. Christina believes there are things in her they haven’t heard, but Jessica decides it will be Pharrell who gets to help her figure that out.
Justin Whisnant is from a small town where his parents separated early in his life, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents. He was given an ultimatum at work, either the job or music. He chose music, and here he is. He sings “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” turning both Adam and Blake’s chairs. Not only is he country, but he’s also from Oklahoma, making it look really good for Blake. He announces that he traded in his sneakers for “wing toes,” but Blake heard “wheat toast.” Despite that, he become Justin’s new coach.
Owen Danoff’s father was in Starland Vocal Band, the group behind the hit “Afternoon Delight.” However, the choice to go into music for a career was all Owen’s and not his dad.’s He’d be excited to work with Pharrell. He sings a Bob Dylan song, and you can hear the old-time folk in him. He turns all four chairs. Adam announces that seeing him play was even better than listening to him with his back turned. He goes on to chose Adam who meets his dad who announces that they both share a Best New Artist Grammy.
Brittney Lawrence has wanted to sing ever since hearing the Dixie Chicks. She is a cheerleading coach and also works full time for a textbook company and is studying to be a teacher. She tried out seven times for the show, but this is the first time she made it to the Blind Auditions. Christina and Blake both turn for her, and Pharrell encourages her to pick someone who helps her find her vibrato. Blake thinks not having a vibrato can be a good thing, and she goes on to pick him.
Matt Tedder grew up listening to the blues greats and even met BB King. He moved to Nashville as an adult and busks and teaches lessons to get by. He decides to sing a Muddy Waters song and thinks it would be really fulfilling for a coach to turn on that. Adam is the only coach who turns, and he’s even more impressed by his slide guitar playing. So that they can hear his guitar playing uninterrupted by his vocals, he does a solo and gets a standing O from Pharrell.
Joe Maye auditioned last season, but no one turned their chair for him. Blake thought it was because he was dancing and got out of breath. He sings a version of “I Put a Spell on You” that is really spirited and from the gut and turns both Blake’s and Christina’s chairs. Christina tells him it’s a favorite song of hers to perform and would love to sing it with him someday. She’s cajoled into doing it with him right then. And after that he has no choice but to pick her.
By the close of the show there are just six openings left to make it onto a team. Christina and Blake both have eleven singers on their team, and Pharrell and Adam both have ten.
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