A “The Voice” singer shines with a male spin on this Pam Tillis classic YouTube/The Voice
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The top 10 performers on Season 13 of  “The Voice” took the stage on Dec. 4, in hopes of getting one step closer to the final prize.

Nashville-based session singer Adam Cunningham, who has, unfortunately, found himself in the bottom two during the last couple of weeks, was the  second artist of the night to show off his vocals in front of coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus. He followed Team Jennifer’s soul singer, Davon Fleming, with a memorable rendition of “Maybe It Was Memphis,” a 1991 country hit for Pam Tillis.

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For his performance, Adam, who in rehearsals said his goal was to make it to the show’s top 8, gave it his all. He stood in front of a gigantic screen of city lights with his acoustic guitar in hand and wailed out the catchy lyrics with his gritty, rocker sound, changing the gender of a character in the song and making it his own.

And, it could be that Adam’s decision to sing “Maybe It Was Memphis” will be just the thing to put him back on top since he reminded fans of his country side, which they seem to love. In fact, he beat out Team Miley’s Janice Freeman with his “Instant Save” performance of Lonestar’s “Amazed” the prior week. His newest performance even earned support from Miley, despite what happened to her mentee.

“I want you to know, just from me sitting in this chair, how happy I am to see you on this stage,” Miley explained after his performance. “It was obviously hard for me to lose Janice from my team, but there’s nothing between [the two of] us except a ton of love and support for your music. I’m happy you’re here. You deserve it. So congratulations.”

Blake, who was also visibly blown away by Adam’s country performance, added, “I never in a million years would’ve thought of that song for you. Great job man. Great idea!”

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“Dude, dude,” coach Adam then raved ecstatically. “Wow. So, first thing I did after last week’s intense, crazy drama was tell Adam, ‘You’re picking your song this week.’ He’s managed to save himself week after week with his own choices. And, dude, you gave your best performance of your entire stay on this show tonight. You did it. You did it your way. And, I couldn’t imagine a world in which you didn’t make it through yet again.”

Adam will find out if he advances into the top 8 on Tuesday, Dec. 5, when two artists will get sent home, during “The Voice” results show at 8 p.m. ET 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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