Monday night during Night 3 of “The Voice” Season 15, country singer Rachel Messer took on LeAnn Rimes‘ “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and caused two coaches to turn their chairs around: Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Kelly really wanted a female country artist like Rachel on her team, but Blake was able to win over Rachel by saying there’s a place in the industry for a classic bluegrass artist like her. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” blind audition video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“Not only do I want her, I know what to do with her,” Blake told Kelly when they were both battling to get Rachel on their team. “This isn’t going to be dabbling in country music. She is country. I’m country. This is meant to be. Look at our denim, it matches! I gotta say, country music has changed since it began. I really can’t believe that I still get away with having songs on the radio with the way my music sounds.”
Kelly argued that she turned her chair around because Rachel’s voice was “so beautiful” and “real country.” She added, “I’m telling y’all, there is life beyond Blake with country music!” Despite her pleas, Rachel became the latest in a long line of country artists to join Team Blake Shelton. Will Rachel get swallowed up on his team of country superstars in Season 15, or will she be able to shine?
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Next was Rachel Messer from West Virginia who grew up with a grandfather and father that taught her bluegrass in her childhood. When she came out to sing the country classic ‘I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart’ Kelly was hitting her button immediately, determined to win over the female country artist she’d been pining for. For a bit it seemed as though Kelly would win Rachel handily, but in the last second Blake hit his button and jumped into the ring for the young yodeler. Blake’s pitch to Rachel was that he feels honored that she, like him, is continuing the tradition of classic country music, proving that there’s still a place for it in the industry and that’s probably what won her over and convinced her to join his team.”