The Voice premiere is just around the corner, and that means that it’s time for the first Blind Audition preview of Season 22.
Viewers first look at the upcoming season features Nashville based Morgan Myles. Her performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” gets coaches John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello and Blake Shelton to hit their buttons.
But alas, Morgan only had three coaches to choose from after newbie coach Camila blocked Gwen from turning.
Morgan is a 35 year old Pennsylvania native who has been grinding on the road for the past 16 years, even opening for Blake on a few festivals. Her sound has a country tinge, but she’s soulful and eager to not box herself into one genre.
Camila BLOCKS Gwen!
Camila and Gwen hit their buttons immediately, Morgan is that impressive. Blake and John follow soon after Morgan launches into a full throated rendition of the chorus.
When Gwen discovers she’s blocked, she gets up out of her chair. “I turned around and she looked straight into my soul,” says Gwen. “It was YOU,” she says pointing a finger at Camila, who does not deny it.
John observes that it takes some “cajones” to take on Cohen’s intimidating “Hallelujah.” He adds, “It was exquisite. One of the best blind auditions I’ve seen in quite a long time.”
Camila compares Morgan to Rihanna. “She is singing with her soul, and making people feel,” she says. “And to me, that is the highest hope of an artist.” With that, Morgan tears up a little. The singer describes herself as “on the edge of country,” but also “extremely soulful” and a lover of pop melodies and storytelling. “I hope we can find a really great lane that’s a fusion of all those things.”
Camila really wants Morgan on her team. “I feel like you know who you are as an artist, and if you picked me as your coach, I would just be excited to help you on that journey.”
“I hear you talking about playing the crappy noon spots on festivals”
Blake pushes his button, which, jokingly, plunges his fellow coaches into darkness. But then, he gets serious. “When I moved to Nashville, I was 17 years old,” he explains. “I started singing demos for songwriters. So when I hear you talking about that and then I hear you talking about playing the crappy noon spots on festivals–I did all of that stuff.” Blake continues, “Your gift is that you can make people really believe what you’re singing about, and you just need somebody to help you along that journey.” At Blake’s kind words, Morgan tears up some more.
Since Gwen is blocked, she advocates for her husband, Blake. “I’ve watched him outside of this show help people,” she says. “He has the biggest heart. So I’m just really excited for you right now.”
Who will Morgan choose as her coach? Tune in to NBC on Monday September 19 at 8 pm ET/PT to find out which coach the singer picks.