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This “The Voice” favorite delivers a heart-wrenching performance of “I Pray” YouTube/Pickler and Ben

If you’re one of the millions of people who watch NBC’s “The Voice,” then you’ll probably remember standout season 13 contestant Red Marlow. The 40-year-old Dickson, Tennessee, resident was a fan favorite on the show due to his “country as cornbread” personality and traditional country sound. He also had a soft side that came to life onstage when he performed emotional songs like “I Pray.”

Red recently brought that spiritual ballad to the stage for the first time since his run on the reality television competition series doing an appearance on the Nashville-based talk show “Pickler & Ben.”

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And, you can bet that he totally nailed it.

For his performance, the seasoned demo singer wore a blazer, some blue jeans and a pair of cowboy boots. While seated on a stool alone with just an acoustic guitar in hand, he leaned into the microphone and confidently delivered the heart-hitting lyrics with his deep and soulful southern vocals.

“I pray / I get down on my knees and drift away / He covers me with his amazing grace / When I need it, he fills that empty space / And it always seems to take the hurt away / When I pray,” he sang to an audience, who couldn’t help but applaud his emotional delivery.

At one point, the camera panned over to co-host Kellie Pickler, who seemed so touched by Red’s performance.

Fans of “The Voice” might remember that Red co-wrote “I Pray” with songwriter and friend,Larry McCoy. After his “Pickler & Ben” performance, he shared the story behind the song, and talked about his personal connection to it.

“One of my very best friends’ dad had passed away the night before, and I went into write that morning with a friend Larry McCoy,” Red explained. “He sat down, and he wanted to write something happy, and I was like, ‘Well, its not that morning.’ He’s a great piano player, musician and writer. So he sat down and started playing the piano, and we just came up with that. It has a lot of meaning to me.”

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When Red performed “I Pray” on “The Voice,” it was one of three songs he sang during the finale episode. The crooner, who was part of Blake Shelton’s team, ended up placing fourth in the competition. He lost out to fellow Team Blake member Chloe Kohanski, who was crowned the winner of season 13.

“The Voice” returns Feb. 26 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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