Dave Crosby is already a viral sensation thanks to his four-year-old daughter Claire’s performance of Randy Newman‘s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” And now he’s a major contender to win Season 13 of “The Voice.” Monday’s premiere episode of NBC’s Emmy-winning reality TV show featured Crosby singing a haunting version of Death Cab for Cutie‘s “I Will Follow You into the Dark.” He got three of the coaches — Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Blake Shelton — to turn their chairs around, while Jennifer Hudson remained still. Watch Crosby’s “The Voice” blind audition recap video above.
After a long-fought battle between Levine, Cyrus and Shelton, Crosby ultimately picked Levine to be his coach. While the judges initially had trouble keeping Crosby’s backstory with his daughter separate from his own singing voice, Levine reminded Crosby, “I was the first guy to turn around, and I would absolutely be honored to have you on my team.”
As for why Hudson didn’t turn her chair around, she explained that the other coaches “tricked” her. Shelton joked that Hudson is “still getting acclimated from the English version of the show.” Levine indeed tried to trick the other judges by not showing any emotion after he pushed his button, though he did let a “Wow” slip out, which is what caused Cyrus to turn her chair around.
Crosby is 30 years old and currently resides in Seattle, WA with his family. Here is his official NBC bio: “Dave met his wife, Ashley, in college at Brigham Young University and started to pursue music right after they got married. When he was 26, his daughter Claire was born. To support his family, Dave decided to put music on the back burner and got a job in the business world. He started recording videos singing with his daughter just to spend more time together. Once he posted them to YouTube, they quickly became a sensation. Dave and Claire are best known for their cover of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me,’ which got more than 250 million views. They started getting invites to perform on TV shows, including ‘Little Big Shots’ and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ His daughter truly gave music back to him, and he hopes to make her proud by going after his music dreams again.”
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