Things got heavy when Kenzie Wheeler took the stage for the dedication song performance during night one of the The Voice live finale on Monday evening (May 24).
The 23-year-old dedicated his performance to his hometown of Dover, Florida and opened up about the impact the small town had on his life. Tears filled Wheeler’s eyes as he reflected on his life in Dover and shared his love for his friends and family back home.
Taking the stage to perform Tracy Byrd’s “The Keeper of the Stars,” Wheeler once again left his coach Kelly Clarkson floored by his talent.
“Kenzie, I don’t think I’ve ever worked with anybody that had no idea how gifted they were,” she told him. “You truly are one of those people that you almost surprise yourself.”
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“It’s such an obvious thing that your purpose in life is to do music,” she added before reminding viewers to vote for him.
Nick Jonas also praised Wheeler, telling him, “You’ve been so fun to watch this entire season, to watch your journey, to watch you grow as a vocalist.”
Kenzie Wheeler has covered several country songs throughout the season, including Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road,” Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark,” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Earlier in the show, Wheeler performed a cover of George Strait’s “Heartland.”
Fans can vote for Kenzie Wheeler on the official The Voice website.