The Voice Blind Audition: Corey Ward Returns and Delivers my Favorite Vocal of The Night
Thirty-four year old Corey Ward, the Atlanta-based singer who auditioned last season with Kaleo’s “Way Down We Go” returned to The Voice season 20 and impressed both Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. His mom, who is battling cancer, was rushed to the hospital right before his audition on the first go around. This time she in the virtual audience, happily cheering Corey on.
If you recall, his first audition was a bit rough. He displayed a raspy tone, but the song was a tough one for his range as the coaches noted. He did hit a huge note in his first audition making it seem as if he had more to show, which he did as he returned to The Voice stage for another chance. And it was one of the best auditions; you could tell he really took the coaches advice from the first time around.
If anyone knows me, I hate overdone song choices, so if you impress me with an overdone song choice, I am REALLY impressed. He sang Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” And yes, The Voice did credit it properly. It was Robyn who originally sang the slowed down version as well, not Calum Scott like many think. And The Voice did credit it properly on YouTube which made me happy. It wasn’t Corey’s vocals necessarily that got him a turn. But also how he delivered the first lines with much passion, displaying great control over his voice. This got Kelly to happily say, “I’m in,” as she turned her chair. John pushed his button as well.
Corey utilized his rasp well in this audition, pushing to the brink of breakage in his voice but still hitting the notes. He ended the audition with a big note that was simply gorgeous. Corey describes his influences noting singer-songwriters like James Arthur and Damien Rice. He connects with Kelly right off the bat when he reveals his influences. Corey who is very humble, says the song suited him better this time around. Nick Jonas and Blake Shelton joke about John, and try to get him to go with Kelly at first. Corey’s family want Kelly too. And Corey chooses the obvious fit and goes with Kelly.
Corey does not have the best voice in this competition, but if he can maneuver a song like he did with his audition, he may go far. Corey often sings alternative pop/rock worship songs. Here is his cover of Brother by NEEDTOBREATHE.