Tonight’s installment of The Voice featured a marriage proposal, a Whitesnake song and a once precocious singer who’s getting a huge second chance. Check out our recap of Day 3 of the Blind Auditions!
Morgan Frazier is a 22-year-old country singer who recorded her first CD at the tender age of nine. Her mom and dad paid $5,000 to invest in her nascent music career, and the CD sold 30,000 copies. Living in Nashville since she was 16, she plays two nights a week at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and now she wants her music to be featured on the bigger stage. Frazier received a two chair turn (Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton) by turning Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” into a country love song.
Though Gwen pushed hard to land Frazier, her pleading was all for naught. Most country artists eventually land on Team Blake, and Frazier eventually chose Shelton as her coach. “Gwen in her lifetime has been to a country concert,” said Shelton, as he gave Frazier the perfect pitch. I put on country concerts.” Ouch!!
Seventeen-year-old Amanda Ayala was “born to rock,” as her parents’ playlist includes such artists as Pat Benatar and Joan Jett. Classic rock is her genre of choice, and Ayala performed a solid version of Mountain’s signature song “Mississippi Queen.”
Even though Ayala went into the auditions wanting Gwen Stefani as her judge, Stefani was the only judge who didn’t turn around during the performance! Ayala went with Adam Levine, whom she believes is her “biggest fit.”
Blessed with a powerhouse voice Jeffery Austin comes from a musical family and during high school he starred in productions of Brigadoon and Man of La Mancha. Though he has a desk job working in public relations, Austin was inspired to rededicate himself to music thanks to watching The Voice. His standout rendition of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” was one of the evening’s highlights (it was his first performance in six years!), yet only Gwen Stefani turned her chair for the 24-year-old. “You have so much in that voice of yours,” said Stefani. “It’s pretty amazing. I thought it was a really beautiful performance.”
The evening’s first four chair turn came after Lyndsey Elm’s performance of Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin.” A 22-year-old graduate and resident of Vacaville, Ca., (her parents own a pest control business) Lyndsey’s musical side didn’t blossom until receiving a guitar during her senior year of high school. Armed with a guitar and a subtle swag to boot, Elm’s rendition started strong and only got better as the song progressed. Elm’s initial plans going into The Voice audition was to pick Pharrell, but Stefani won Elm over and now it’s all about Team Gwen.
Manny Cabo is a 45-year-old freelance photographer who hasn’t given up on his music, a career which he’s described as having its share of hardships. Married to his wife for 15 years, and the couple have a 9-year-old daughter. “I need The Voice because I’m on a mission to take care of my daughter,” said Cabo. “And this is my opportunity to do that.”
Cabo took that “opportunity” and ran with it, as his show stopping rendition of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” brought the house down and led to a four chair turn. Adam Levine gave an incredible pitch to Cabo, as he reminisced how he grew up singing Twisted Sister and Guns N’ Roses songs during summer camp. “You brought me literally to a place where everything started for me,” said Levine. With such a passionate approach, Levine won over Cabo and he’s now part of Team Adam.
Due to my television cable crapping out, I didn’t get to see the bio package for Madi Davis. She did justice, however, to the Carole King classic “It’s Too Late,” and the 16-year-old received chair turns from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell. Both judges went to battle for Davis, as they both walked to the stage to win Davis over. “It’s no longer a Care Bears wrestling match,” joked Levine. Most of The Voice Blind Audition battles come at the hands of Levine and Shelton, so it’s refreshing to see the other judges go at it. Pharrell won Madi over, much to Stefani’s dismay.
During the montage segments, it was revealed that Pharrell picked up Riley Biederer, Adam Levine grabbed Cassandra Robertson, and Daria Jazmin joined Pharrell’s squad.
Thirty-one-year-old musician Chris Crump grew up with music at an early age, as he played with his family band. Music has always been a huge priority, and as he and his wife left their wedding reception after learning there were open auditions in Austin. That gamble paid off, as Crump got his shot at the big stage and received a four chair turn thanks to his performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” “I may not seem like the obvious choice for you,” said Shelton. “But I am.” Liking Shelton’s confidence, Crump went with Blake.
Tyler Dickerson was signed at an early age to a record label and managed by country star John Rich, but things didn’t pan out and he’s spent many of his days working for his dad’s fencing company. After his eye catching performance of “Hard to Handle,” Blake Shelton turned his chair around and Dickerson is now a Team Blake member. “I had it all, and it was all taken away,” said a teary eyed Dickerson. “But now I’m here, and this is my second chance.” Shelton immediately walked up, gave Dickerson a hug, and said “Let’s do some Travis Tritt.”
Jubal Lee Young and Amanda Preslar performed “Seven Bridges Road,” a song that was penned by Jubal’s father Steve Young. Their performance earned chair turns from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell, and although having a successful blind audition is a big deal, that wasn’t the pair’s biggest highlight. Jubal proposed to Amanda onstage, much to the surprise of the judges (she said yes)!
***Another installment of The Voice airs Tuesday, September 29 (NBC, 8 pm et/pt).
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