The final 'Voice' blind auditions of Season 12 aired Tuesday and they were most definitely worth waiting for. As the teams filled up, coach Alicia Keys left one spot open in hopes of securing a soulful male singer for Team Alicia. Her patience paid off in a big way when 26-year old Chris Blue took the stage.
Blue, a worship leader from Knoxville, Tennessee, started singing Smokey Robinson's 1965 hit "The Tracks of My Tears," and coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were immediately regretting their decisions not to hold out. But, Alicia Keys began to celebrate knowing that Blue was guaranteed a spot on her team when she turned her red chair. And it didn't take her long to do so.
Not only was Blue's performance off the charts, but he has a moving story to boot.
Growing up in a family of seven in Florida, Blue started singing in church at age 3. His mother started a family band called the Blue Family, where they sang at local churches. The band became the Blue Brothers. They performed across the Midwest and on BET's Bobby Jones Gospel show.
Throughout Blue's blind audition, his mother could be heard screaming with excitement back stage. Alicia asked Blue's mother and fiancee to join him on stage so that she could meet them. It was then that Blue revealed that his fiancee, Stephanie, has been battling bone marrow cancer.
"She just recently recovered from bone marrow cancer. While she was in an operation she flatlined. I begged God to bring her back and he did. When He did, I said 'I'm not letting her go again,' so I proposed," Blue shared.
If the internet's reaction to Chris Blue's performance is any indication, he has quickly moved to front-runner status and is now the man to beat in Season 12.
Watch Chris Blue's incredible cover of Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears" in the video below.
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