Team Blake’s country singer, Red Marlow, clearly knows where he fits in as far as genre goes, because he has been bringing the same musical style to his performances all season long on “The Voice.”
And, yes, the fans love it!
The 40-year-old country crooner, who has previously covered country songs such as Garth Brooks’ “The Dance,” Craig Campbell’s “Outskirts of Heaven” and Vern Gosdin’s “Chiseled in Stone” on the show, this week chose to sing Craig Morgan’s No. 1 hit from 2005, “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” as part of the top 10 live shows on Dec. 4.
In rehearsals, Red explained why the song — penned by Adam Dorsey and Mark Narmore — is so important to him, and why he decided to sing it.
He said, “The co-writers went to the church where my dad was the preacher. And everything in this song is literally something that I grew up doing.”
Once Red hit the musical ring, it was clear that the tune was, indeed, meaningful to him, because he sang it as if it were his own. He sat comfortably on a barstool dressed in a brown leather jacket, jeans and cowboy boots, and strummed on his acoustic guitar. A group of musicians surrounded him as he effortlessly applied his naturally deep, twangy vocals to the ballad’s feel-good lyrics about everyday life. Afterwards, Red’s coach Blake Shelton applauded him with a standing ovation.
“Red, you’re just lovable,” said coach Jennifer Hudson, who was first to comment. “I think you could do no wrong. I don’t care if you sit on top of your guitar and sing me a song, I am always all the way in it. You’re so charming. I’m with you down to the last second. You just have that affect.”
“You have that thing about you,” Blake added. “And you have the gift of telling a story. I was literally in next Sunday listening to you sing this song.”
We were, too!
Based on Red’s performance, we think he has a good chance of making it into the top 8. But, it’s up to you to help him out. Fans can vote here. Red, who belongs to Blake’s team alongside fellow favorites Chloe Kohanski and Keisha Renee, will find out his fate on Tuesday, Dec. 5, during “The Voice” results show, when two competitors will be sent home.
Meanwhile, Blake is in a competition of his own. He is currently nominated for Fan Moment of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year in this year’s Rare Country Awards. It’s up to you to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville, headlined by Kane Brown, LANCO and Blake’s pal RaeLynn.