Blake Shelton’s team was front and center on “The Voice,” during night one of the live playoffs on Nov 13, and the performers on his team didn’t disappoint.

First up to sing was Tennessee resident Red Marlow, who’s been turning heads with his traditional country sound.

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Red covered Vern Gosdin’s country classic, “Chiseled In Stone.” In rehearsals, Blake instructed him to take the emotional ballad up a half step in order to give the performance more edge.

Turns out that Blake’s decision to bring the tune up a notch paid off, because Red completely floored the panel of judges with his earnest rendition of the 1988 hit. He stepped out with his guitar in hand and wailed out the heartbreak lyrics with such honesty and ease. Heck, he even had Blake singing along to every word.

“You have such strong presence. You know when you walk into a room we can’t help but to know Red is there,” coach Jennifer Hudson, who was first to comment, exclaimed. “I just want to come to your concert someday.”

Coach Miley Cyrus then said, “I wish you were on my team so bad, because I really feel like you have such a great chance of winning this show.”

Adam Levine, who also loved Red’s performance, added, “You tapped into truth and trust. I believe you when you sing.”

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“Red, I heard more in your singing tonight then ever before. I couldn’t be more proud as a coach,” Blake then shared, before he was forced to cut his team of contestants in half from six to three.

Luckily for Red, his performance was enough to move him into this season’s top 12. Watch the video below to see his stunning performance of “Chiseled in Stone.”

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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