Longtime coach Blake Shelton and newbie Kelly Clarkson’s rivalry took a front seat during the season 14 premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” on Feb. 26. In fact, the two coaches went head-to-head over many talented competitors, including country singer Kaleb Lee.
The 31-year-old wowed the two judges with his stunning blind audition performance of Kenny Chesney’s 2007 hit, “Never Wanted Nothing More.” While onstage, he strummed his acoustic guitar and wailed out the lyrics with his soulful and gravelly vocals. Meanwhile, his family cheered him on from the side of the stage.
And, you might say that Kaleb’s role as a family man adds even more charm to his appeal.
Before his blind audition, the loving husband and father of three told viewers that he set aside his own musical aspirations to help raise his kids and be with his wife. Now that he has a second chance at fame with “The Voice,” he says he wants to “lead by example.”
After his performance, Blake asked Kaleb if he had ever tried his luck in Nashville.
Kaleb replied that he had. “I was in Nashville for a few years songwriting, and I put it to the side. I’ve been in the corporate world for the last seven years taking care of my family. My wife, my kids and my friends have continued to say, ‘Don’t give it up,’ and I’m here because of them.’”
And, as we noted previously, Blake and Kelly put up quite the fight in hopes of landing Kaleb on their teams.
“I love country music, and I know [Blake] is going to be like, ‘She knows nothing about country music. I live country. I breathe country music,’” Kelly said of her rival. “I know enough about country music. I would be a really good coach for you.”
And, when Blake said that he though Kaleb’s musical style reminded him of “Texas, red dirt type of country music,” Kelly interrupted with, “That’s so weird, because I’m Texan.”
“So, I think you should just pretty much shock us all here, and wouldn’t it be great since I have the same ties?” she continued. “You want to FaceTime Reba McEntire or Trisha Yearwood? Who do you want to talk to? Kacey Musgraves? I know just the same people as Blake.”
Heck, Kelly even went as far as to serenade Kaleb with a little of her 2010 hit duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
Whew! Talk about some serious persuasion. Even though the “American Idol” champ put up a good fight, Kaleb ended up going with Team Blake. His reason: “My kids watch the show, and they are huge fans of Blake.”
Awwww! We just love that Kaleb shines a light on his family. Be sure to keep up with “The Voice” Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.