‘The Voice’ blind audition: Old-school soulful Josh Hoyer croons ‘Oh Girl’ [WATCH]

Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” brought Blake Shelton yet another great contender for the show’s five-time winning coach. Our writer Denton Davidson discusses the six artists with his power rankings for these blind auditions. A favorite of his is Josh Hoyer, a 40-year-old Nebraska native who crooned The Chi-Lites hit song “Oh Girl.” He says: “There was an old-school soulful, pop vibe to this bearded, tattooed crooner who might not sound how people would expect him to. He has a great voice and has no inhibition on stage, although he doesn’t quite strike me as someone who has the goods to win it all. That being said, it’s early and I do think the audience will get behind someone like Hoyer if he can make it to the live rounds. Both Blake and Gwen Stefani turned their chairs for Hoyer – and he chose Blake.”

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For one of the major contenders in Season 12, here is his official NBC bio: “Josh played the saxophone and sang in jazz choirs throughout middle and high school. After high school, he turned down a soccer scholarship to pursue music and traveled throughout Oregon and Louisiana. He then started a five-piece soul/funk/R&B band in Lincoln. He met his wife, Sarah, in Lincoln while bartending at the Zoo Bar. They have two children and he continues to gig and bartend on the side.”

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