Monday night on NBC, 33-year-old Rayshun LaMarr sang Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin” during the blind auditions of “The Voice” Season 14. The Fort Washington, Maryland native broke down in tears after telling the coaches about how he survived cancer five years earlier. Two coaches — Alicia Keys and Adam Levine — turned their chairs around for Rayshun, but he ultimately went with Levine. Can Rayshun make it all the way to the Season 14 live shows? Watch “The Voice” blind audition performance video above.
“You chose the song that helped you through what you went through. That’s what makes you special,” announced Levine while trying to convince Rayshun to join his team. “They say don’t stop believin’? I’m gonna start believing right now that I’m just your coach, cause that’s what’s happening. As your coach, it is important not only to have someone that matches the energy, but also somebody who will be critical when it’s necessary. Because there were certain things that could’ve been a little bit better. Let’s just do it right now.”
In his recap of “The Voice,” our live-blogger Denton Davidson wrote, “While in intensive care, he repeatedly listened to ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ and will now perform it for a chance to make a team. His voice is powerful and soulful, with the rock edge needed to pull this song off. He clearly loves the stage, but is a little over-dramatic with the antics. That can easily be coached, but his soaring voice is what matters.”
Blind auditions continue for the first six shows of “The Voice” Season 14. What do you think of this season so far? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section. See the full list of “The Voice” past winners.