A powerful singer on NBC’s “The Voice” proved that age is nothing but a number during the latest blind auditions episode, which aired on Sept. 26. Forty-year-old Red Marlow of Dickson, Tennessee, came out swinging with a passionate delivery of John Anderson’s 1983 hit, “Swingin’.”

Red took to the musical ring wearing clothes that mimicked the fashion choices of coach Blake Shelton. He paired jeans with a plaid, button-down shirt, and held onto his trusty acoustic guitar while showing off his southern twang.

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During the performance, Blake mouthed out the words of the song as he decided whether or not to turn his chair around. Once Red hit a high note, Blake looked over to fellow coach Miley Cyrus and said, “This guy is good.” The two coaches then hit their buttons to turn their chairs around in approval.

“You may already have this set that you want to go to Blake, but I’m a strong fighter,” Miley told Red, while rolling up her sleeves. “I came here this season because I want to bring a new face to country music. When I grew up I sat with Waylon Jennings. I sat with Dolly Parton. I took notes. I’m here to win ‘The Voice’ with a country artist, and Red, you’re as country as they get.”

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“To have a guy like you that wants to come out and represent country music from the era that you and I grew up in, that’s exciting to me,” Blake countered in his pitch to Red. “I’d love to see you get the opportunity you deserve, man. Let’s not monkey around with this, man. Let’s do what’s right.”

Despite Miley’s persuasion, Red ended up choosing Blake as his coach. Perhaps his decision to choose the “Sangria” singer was due to a past meeting the two had back when Blake sported an early career mullet. Either way, we’re glad to see he made the cut. Fans can keep up with Red’s journey on “The Voice” Monday and Tuesday nights 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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