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A “The Voice” front-runner wowed judges with his country take on this soulful classic The Voice/YouTube screenshot
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Texas singer Austin Allsup, who met Blake Shelton years ago at a gig in Forth Worth, proved exactly why he belongs in the Top 12 on season 11 of “The Voice.”

And, he did that by covering a song by one of the most powerful soul singer’s of all time.

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It all happened on Monday, Nov. 14, during the reality television singing competition’s second live playoffs episode. Austin channeled Aretha Franklin’s hit, “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” The Team Blake member said the song felt personal to him, because he wanted to do write by his wife, and his kids.

When Austin took the stage, he began the song solo on guitar. Then, a full band chimed in, as the contender showed off his unmatched rasp. The tune was considerably funkier and more up-beat than Aretha’s version. But, heck Austin really made it his own! Midway through the song, the hopeful strutted across the stage before returning to his microphone stand to let out one last belt!

“I honestly thought this was my favorite performance you’ve had so far,” said Miley Cyrus. “I didn’t even know you had those notes in you. I’m really impressed.”

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Blake, who is Austin’s coach, added, “You know what Austin, there is a movement happening in country music between the Texas red dirt artists and some of the things happening in Nashville. There’s a new generation of outlaw country music that’s happening, and I’ll be damned if there’s anybody in that group that can sing like you do. You’re unbelievable.”

Of course, Austin needed fans to feel that way, too. And, sure enough, they did! Austin’s take on Aretha’s hit put him through to the Top 11. If he keeps blowing everybody away with performances like this, he’s going to be around for a long time!

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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