Former aspiring dentist Mitchell Lee blew the coaches away on Monday’s premiere episode of “The Voice.” In the Season 13 debut, Lee caused three of the coaches — Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton — to turn their chairs around, while Miley Cyrus remained still after his performance of Hootie & the Blowfish‘s “Hold My Hand.” Watch Lee’s “The Voice” blind audition recap video above.
After his mother’s death, Lee decided to forego being a dentist and instead followed his heart to become a singer. The move seems to have paid off, as Lee’s unique voice affected the coaches. Shelton noted, “You sound country to me, and that might just be the South Carolina coming out in your voice.” And Lee responded, “I can’t lie, I’m pretty southern. But I like rock.”
Levine and Shelton tried to get convince Lee to join their team, while Cyrus went to bat for Hudson. During the deliberations, Shelton shouted, “Come on, Mitchell, let’s win this thing!” Ultimately, Lee decided to choose Shelton, which of course annoyed Levine. Shelton has already mentored five “Voice” contestants to victories, so might Lee be his record sixth?
Lee is 29 years old and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Here is his official NBC bio: “Mitchell is a woodworker in Nashville. He currently builds custom furniture and started renovating a shuttle bus into a tiny house/songwriters lounge. He decided to go to military college at Citadel in Charleston, with plans to attend dental school. His mom was supportive but always saw him as more of a rock star. Mitchell got some devastating news three weeks before graduation; his mother had passed away. This deeply affected Mitchell because he felt like his mom was disappointed that he wanted to be a dentist instead of following something he loved. So after graduation, he decided to forego dental school and pursue music. Mitchell put together a band and performed all around Charleston. The rest of the group wasn’t taking it as seriously, so he moved to Nashville make it on his own.”
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