Country music superstar Blake Shelton just nabbed some pretty talented singers for his team on the Season 13 premiere of “The Voice,” which launched its first round of blind auditions on Sept. 25.
Among them was 29-year-old hopeful Michell Lee from Charleston, South Carolina.
The tall and handsome singer, who now resides in Nashville, said his late mother helped him realize his musical dreams while he was finishing up school to become a dentist.
“It was about three weeks before I graduated [college] when I got the call that my mom had suddenly passed away. It was like my whole world was upside down,” he said of his mother in a pre-taped video that aired just before his performance. “My mom always saw me as an artist. So, once she passed away, I decided to give music a shot.”
For his blind audition, Michell covered Hootie & the Blowfish’s ’90s hit, “Hold My Hand.” Onstage, he showcased passion and charisma, while flaunting his natural rock tone with a hint of southern twang. It wasn’t until the chorus, though, that coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and newbie Jennifer Hudson simultaneously hit their buzzers.
“Darius Rucker is the kind of singer where you need to fill every note with purpose, and when you hit those big ones, that’s extremely dynamic,” Adam raved to Mitchell about his choice to cover a song by the former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman. “I believe that someone like you could go really, really far on this show. You’re a good looking dude, and the ladies are going to love you.”
Jennifer, who couldn’t help but reach out her hands to Michell during his performance, added that his good looks would make her feel uncomfortable in his dental chair had he pursued that profession.
As for Blake, he commented, “You sound country to me, and that might just be the South Carolina coming out of your voice. I love working with rock artists. I’d love to have a chance to work with you on my team.”
Lucky for Blake, he’s getting that chance! We can’t wait to see how Michell progresses in the competition. Be sure to tune into “The Voice” on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.