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Adam Cunningham was the first contestant to take the microphone during “The Voice” blind auditions on Oct. 2, and managed to get coach Blake Shelton on his feet in no time at all.

Before his performance, the 38-year-old session singer, who resides in Nashville, said, “Today is important because it’s a step in a different direction. I’m usually in the studio singing for other people, but today I’ll be onstage singing for me.”

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Once Adam stepped foot inside the musical ring on the NBC reality show, it was clear that he was made to be front and center. He performed a rowdy rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider,” which highlighted both his raucous vocals and his acoustic guitar playing skills.

Blake, who was first coach to slam down on his buzzer, couldn’t help but stand up and sing along, as if he was at one of Adam’s live shows. New coach Jennifer Hudson turned her chair around at the last second, after Adam convinced her that he had soul.

“I hear the country. I heard all of that. But the soul is what made me hop out of my seat,” Jennifer praised. “It just took me over.”

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“Country music is always just things that we take as people, growing up and listening to the radio. Then we put that stamp on our music,” Blake added. “I love the power of your voice. I love how accurate you are with your pitch and I love that you’re a Nashville guy.”

Turns out that Blake’s words were enough to persuade Adam to pick him as a coach. Be sure to keep up with Adam’s journey on “The Voice” Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

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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