‘The Voice’ blind audition: Johnny Gates rocks out with Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ [WATCH]

Gwen Stefani really needed to add a powerful singer to her Season 12 team of “The Voice,” and she got the best on Tuesday’s episode. Our writer Denton Davidson discusses the six artists with his power rankings for these blind auditions. His top choice is Johnny Gates, a 31-year-old Rhode Island native who rocked out with the Rod Stewart classic tune “Maggie May.” He says: “The pop-rocker has been performing for years and it was evident in his performance. He looks at ease on stage, but more importantly has an edgy, raspy voice that is not only recognizable but also full of range. Setting him apart this season are his rock star good looks and fun personality. Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Gwen turned their chairs during his performance, and in the end he chose to stick with his fellow garage-band counterpart, Gwen.”

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Looking at one of the favorites for this season, here is his official NBC bio: “Johnny started pursuing music at 18 when he was asked to join the band Runaway Saints because he “had awesome hair.” They performed locally in Rhode Island and moved to Nashville in 2008. Nathan Chapman, a Taylor Swift producer, took them under his wing, but after multiple album setbacks, Johnny moved to Los Angeles. Not long after moving, he opened for Rod Stewart for three weeks on a Midwest tour. The band is currently on a break, but Johnny continues to play around the L.A. scene.”

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