Meet the Avery Roberson, a 20-year-old from North Carolina who wowed The Voice coaches with a stunning audition of Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This.” Roberson’s stunning acoustic performance and unique vocals earned him a 4 chair turn from coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas.
“That was so beautiful,” Clarkson gushed as he concluded his performance. “I thought it was quite remarkable how you didn’t do what people expect you to do to get a four chair turns, which is wail everywhere and do all these things. You kept it you and it sounded so beautiful and intimate, the storyteller vibe that was the coolest part for me and your tone is incredible.”
After some banter between the four Voice coaches, Shelton admitted, “I’m excited about Avery.”
“I am the only person on this panel, who knows, who sings the song that you just sang. It’s important to have a concrete understanding of country music because you can’t know where it’s going unless you know where it came from,” Shelton explained. He later added, “I have to be your coach Avery. I would be honored, I’d be proud to be your coach.”
“As a songwriter, I reference songs that are inspiring to me and a lot of times, it’s country music,” Jonas said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to now work with Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Shania Twain and who knows, maybe we’ll be able to write together someday and write some country music or pop music, whatever you want to do.”
“I know i’m not the obvious choice for a country artist, but I turned for you before any of the other coaches because I heard a beautiful, beautiful voice. The tone is rich, subtle and that’s what this show is about, finding great voices to be heard by the rest of the country,” Legend exclaimed. “I turned for you because I love music and I love coaching great vocalists on this show, so I would love to be your coach.”
“That was an outstanding pitch Legend, I want to be on your team now,” Clarkson joked.
Shelton raised his hand to say one final thought before Roberson had to choose his coach.
“This is my 20th season, there is no motives here for me, I want to be able to be on your level, understand what you want to do and then fight for that for you,” Shelton added. “It’s not about me, I want this for you.”
Roberson then chose Shelton as his coach, Shelton gushed, “I love his voice cause he’s got a softer but a strong voice, you can hear every lyric that he sings.”
Watch the Roberson’s full audition below.
The Voice returns on Tuesday, March 9 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.