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Blake Shelton’s very last season of The Voice kicked off on Monday night (March 6). Unfortunately, he passed on one singer he really wishes he wouldn’t have.
Singer Emily Rhyne stepped on stage to audition in front of the four coaches of The Voice and gave it her all. She performed “The First Cut Is the Deepest” for Blake Shelton, Niall Horan, Chance the Rapper, and Kelly Clarkson.
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” is a classic song written by Cat Stevens in 1967. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including Rod Stewart, who had a hit with it in 1977. The lyrics describe the pain of heartbreak and the difficulty of moving on after the first time you experience it. The song’s emotive melody and poignant lyrics have made it a timeless classic, resonating with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Its message of the enduring impact of first love and heartbreak continues to make it a beloved and relatable song to this day.
There have been several notable covers, one of the most famous being by Rod Stewart, which was released in 1977 and became a hit single. His version features a more upbeat and rock-influenced sound compared to the original.
Other notable covers include versions by Sheryl Crow, who had a hit with the song in 2003, and Keith Hampshire, whose cover reached number one in Canada in 1973. Additionally, the song has been covered by a diverse range of artists, including P.P. Arnold, Norma Fraser, and James Morrison. The enduring popularity of “The First Cut Is the Deepest” has made it a staple of popular music, with countless other covers and renditions existing in various styles and languages.
After Emily’s audition, the four coaches asked who she was and where she was from. She revealed she was from Blake Shelton’s hometown of Ada, Oklahoma and even sings at his bar, Ole Red! This news made Blake immediately regret not turning around for her.
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To make matters worse – for Blake – Emily revealed she had a couple presents for Blake. Her sister brought out a t-shirt, which was signed by lots of local Ada musicians, and her phone. Emily told Blake that he knows her grandfather, who was a musician. After revealing who her grandfather was, Blake immediately knew who he was!
Before showing what was on her phone, she told everyone, “[Blake] asked his mama for his [13th] birthday if he could go to the recording studio and lay down some tracks.”
Blake confirmed this to be true before Emily started playing one of the tracks he laid down for that session when he was just 13 years old! He was singing “Dumas Walker” by The Kentucky Headhunters. Everyone immediately went nuts hearing Blake as a 13 year old singer!
“Your house is gonna get egged,” Kelly joked.
“Man, if I could ever go back in time, it would have been for Emily. It just didn’t move me enough, but knowing the back story, if I had known it, I definitely would have hit my button. That’s a heartbreaker for me,” Blake said.
Watch Emily’s full audition and watch her show off 13-year-old Blake’s singing chops below!