A familiar face in country music lands a spot on Team Blake YouTube/The Voice
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It’s not unusual for a familiar face to show up on “The Voice” during the blind auditions. Quite a few artists who previously had record deals, including onetime child country star Billy Gilman and Meghan Linsey, formerly of the country duo Steel Magnolia, have made her mark on the show.

Now, professional fiddler and singer-songwriter Natalie Stovall, who is no stranger to the country music scene as the front woman of the band Natalie Stovall and the Drive, has entered the competition as a solo act. She already seems like one of the favorites, too, as she swiftly landed a spot on Blake Shelton’s team.

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Viewers only got to see a brief portion of Natalie’s audition on Oct. 9 when “The Voice” continued its final round of blind auditions. In a short video montage, fans caught a glimpse of her singing “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” originally by the The SteelDrivers.

“I think you’ve got an incredible voice,” Blake praised after hitting his button and turning his chair around. “Oh my gosh, this is perfect, Natalie!”

Prior to auditioning for “The Voice,” Natalie released two EPs with the Drive. She has also been a featured performer on shows with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots.

Fellow “The Voice” contestant Ryan Scripps, was also featured in the same montage. He, too, landed on Team Blake with his performance of Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road.”

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“You’re connected with the new country music that’s coming out. This is a no-brainer for me,” Blake said. “This is gonna be a lot of fun to work with you, dude. I can’t wait.”

We have a feeling Blake is going to have a blast working with both these artists.

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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