‘The Voice’ blind audition: TSoul belts out gospel-inspired ‘Take Me to the River’ [WATCH]

Could a gospel-inspired performer be the perfect person to win Season 12 of “The Voice”? Our writer Denton Davidson discusses the 13 artists from this latest episode from Monday with his power rankings for the blind auditions. One of his favorites is TSoul, a 29-year-old Virginia native who belted out the Al Green classic tune “Take Me to the River” (watch above). He says: “With no shortage of personality, TSoul used his gospel roots to entertain the audience with complex vocal runs and intricate lyrical phrasing. Combined with his fun sense of style, TSoul will be one to watch this season – but I’m not convinced he has what it will take to go the distance in this competition. He impressed both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton enough to turn their chairs, though. In the end he shocked everyone by choosing Blake. That coaching choice may prove to be wise since Blake has a shortage of both men and soul singers on his team.”

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Looking closer at this impressive singer, here is his official NBC bio: “When TSoul was a child, his grandmother would sit him at her piano and teach him how to play. The first time he sang in public was in the middle school choir. In college, TSoul joined his school’s gospel choir, where he had the chance to perform all over Europe, including for the Pope at the Vatican. When TSoul was 19, his mom kicked him out. For four years, he was homeless and couch-surfed with friends until he overstayed his welcome. He now lives with his brother in Richmond. When he is not out gigging or writing music, he helps with his family’s catering business for extra income.”

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