Ever since Texas hotshot and Team Blake member Sundance Head showed up on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice,” he’s been wowing coaches and viewers with his soulful, country covers.

This time though, the talented hopeful put his own spin on an R&B classic. And, boy was it impressive!

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It all happened on Monday, Nov. 21, during the show’s Top 11 episode. Sundance crooned coach Alicia Keys’ catchy smash hit “No One.” And, let’s be honest. Anybody who sings one of the Grammy-winning artist’s songs has to have some major guts — especially when she’s witnessing the performance from her seat! Heck, during rehearsals mentor Blake Shelton even told Sundance, “It takes some nerve to do this song right in front of Alicia. If you can blow her back, then imagine the effect you’re going to have on everybody.”

Once Sundance appeared onstage, it was clear that he made the song all his own. The burly bearded contender confidently added some country flair to the tune with sweet sounds on acoustic guitar — a major difference compared to Alicia’s piano-filled original version. And, the effect he had on the audience was, indeed, spectacular. So much so that he received a standing ovation!

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Following his song, Alicia was full of praise. She said, “I’ve never heard anybody sing ‘No One’ like that. I’ve got to just say Sundance Head you’re like the one person I wish was on my team. Songs are so powerful and you just made me listen to my song in a whole new way and in a way that I personally need right now. I just want to thank you, because it gave me such a beautiful thing.”

“I think you should feel really proud of yourself right now,” added Blake, “because it’s one thing to stand up here and sing a song like that to the world, then, to be singing that in front of Alicia — that was so powerful.”

Yes, Blake. We couldn’t agree more.

Watch the video above to see Sundance’s beautiful rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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