Tommy Edwards, a 27-year-old from Montana, impressed during the final night of season 21’s blind auditions of NBC’s The Voice with a cover of a popular rock hit.
Influenced by the Montana music scene, as well as his Dad, who plays in rock bands and is his biggest inspiration.
“All the different bands that I play in, my father and I sing in the together. People ask where I learned to sing, and my only answer is him.” Edwards admitted ahead of his performance, before adding, “All I know is the Montana music scene, and now I get a chance to go do it on one of the biggest stages I can imagine.”
Sporting jeans, a t-shirt and a black jacket, Edwards put a unique spin on Train’s chart-topping hit, “Drops Of Jupiter.” The contestant’s vocals were so impressive that he earned a two-chair turn from Blake Shelton and John Legend.
.@Tommy__Edwards sounds so incredible singing "Drops of Jupiter" by @train. ❤️ #VoiceBlinds #TeamBlake pic.twitter.com/whXIDWzlXF
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) October 6, 2021
Following his unique rendition of the popular Train hit, coaches Shelton, Legend, Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson shared their commentary on his audition.
While Clarkson didn’t turn as she said she was “waiting to hear just a little bit more range,” the singer did admit that the contestant was good and if her team wasn’t filling up she may have turned for him.
“That’s the only reason I didn’t turn around but congratulations,” Clarkson said as she gestured towards Legend and Shelton.
The “Come Back As A Country Boy” singer gushed over Edwards’ audition, dubbing him a “straight-up rock guy.”
“Gotta love your voice. What I was hearing is the Black Crows,” Shelton gushed. “You sound like a straight-up rock guy to me, and you sound like you’re just getting lost in the music and that’s what it’s going to take to even exist on this show for a little while, much less make it to the finale. You just need to be on the right Team Blake, and I’ve had a lot of success with rock artists, and I’d love to do that again. Let’s do it man, come on Tommy!”
Although Grande’s team is full, she shared her thoughts on the Father of two’s performance.
“Tommy, my team is full, but I just wanted to say that I loved your performance, I love that song,” Grande said. “I loved your interpretation of it. You’re in great hands either way.”
Legend added, “You really know how to make your presence felt, and it’s not always easy with rock music.”
“You have power, you have range, you have that electricity that you need,” Legend continued. “Our teams are all close to filling up, but I would love for you to be a member of Team Legend.”
.@Tommy__Edwards you made the right choice my man! Thanks for filling
up Team Blake!! #TheVoice #TeamBlake pic.twitter.com/6dIWywnJtU
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 6, 2021
Edwards ultimately chose to pick Blake Shelton as his coach, securing the final spot on Team Blake.
“Thank God for Tommy, he’s got a cool voice that sounds like ’90s rock to me,” Shelton said, after Edwards chose the country hitmaker as his coach. “He’s the perfect guy to wrap up my Season 21 blind auditions and team Blake is full now. Thank you, Tommy!”
The Voice Battle Rounds air Monday’s & Tuesday’s on NBC at 8/7c.