Country music was well represented on Season 13 of “The Voice” during the second night of blind auditions on Sept. 26. One singer who brought her A-game was South Carolina native Ashland Craft.
The 21-year-old bombshell impressed not one, not two, but three celebrity coaches with her powerful rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”
For her performance, Ashland stepped out in a long-sleeved dress and turquoise cowgirl boots. She wailed out all of the high notes of the classic tune in the style of Chris Stapleton. Her raspy vocals were so strong and soulful that Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus all begged her to be on their teams.
“I’ve been looking for you,” exclaimed Miley, who covers “You Are My Sunshine” on her own tours. “I want us to be this power team of two females who aren’t afraid of being the punk rock Dolly Parton.”
“Full disclosure … I am not country,” Adam then said. “But, just please know that I’d be working double time to make sure that I never let you down.”
“There hasn’t been a voice like yours on the radio since Gretchen Wilson,” Blake praised. “There’s a total open lane for you right now. That’s why I want to be your coach.”
Despite initially having her mind set on Team Blake, Ashland chose Miley as her coach. “I look at Miley and she’s had experience in country [music], but she’s also branched out. So, she just seemed like a right fit for me,” Ashland explained.
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