The Voice / YouTube
When Mac Royals took the Voice stage for his blind audition during Season 24 of The Voice, his smooth voice and rich tone immediately caught the attention of the coaches. The hopeful singer performed a rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity,” a song made popular in the early 2000s.
Less than 15 seconds after Royals began singing, he received his first chair turn from Niall Horan. Moments later the remaining three coaches followed suit earning the contestant an exciting 4-chair turn! The admiration is clear on the coaches’ faces as they watch the remainder of the performance.
Mac Royals is a 30-year-old singer from Wrightsville, Arkansas who hopes his participation in The Voice will create a bridge between the music industry and his home state.
“My end goal really is to create a bridge from the industry to Arkansas. There aren’t a plethora of opportunities for artists. I want to be that person to help them, so I’m here doing what I can,” Royals shared when asked what his music goals were.
It was clear that all four coaches wanted Mac Royals to join thier team. They each had a chance to convince the contestant why they were the best choice to guide him through the competition.
John Legend started things out with a simple pitch:
I would absolutely love to have you on Team Legend and put Arkansas on the map together. You know that Team Legend would be a perfect place for your talent and I would love to have you here.
Gwen Stefani went next, letting the singer know that she felt his intention behind the song:
You were showing off you, and your heart, and that is beautiful. I would love to work with someone like you. You sound like such a true, pure artist with the way that you sing.
Niall Horan followed with a similar sentiment:
It was just amazing. I felt like I heard a fellow songwriter. You did everything so well and brought different variations of your voice… I would absolutely love you on Team Niall.
Finally, Reba appealed to the singers southern roots:
I’m from Oklahoma so we’re like neighbors… I do know about small town, giving back, helping out, and I absolutely love the song you sang. You know I’m a country singer, but I like to broaden out into all genres every once in a while.
Due to their similar musical styles, many might think that Royals would have chosen John Legend as his coach. But the singer made an unexpected choice and joined…
It all made sense when Royals shared,
“When I was a kid, one of the very, very strong women that was in my life was my Grandmother. And my Grandmother passed before she was able to see this moment. As a child, me and my Grandmother used to sit and watch the Reba show.”
Watch Mac Royals impressive blind audition and the judge’s reactions below.