Blake Shelton Praises Emma Caroline Following Kacey Musgraves Cover on ‘The Voice’

Emma Caroline showcased her love for country music with a cover of Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn” during night three of…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 8, 2021


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Emma Caroline showcased her love for country music with a cover of Kacey Musgraves’ “Slow Burn” during night three of The Voice blind auditions on Monday evening (March 8). 

The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native took the stage with her powerful vocals and earned a chair turn from Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. The superstars each tried to convince Emma Caroline to join their team while fellow coaches John Legend and Nick Jonas did their best to coerce her to choose Team Kelly. 

“I think Nick and I were probably a little hesitant to turn cause we knew once Blake turned that there was probably no chance that you would do anything as daring as picking someone other than Blake,” John Legend said.

Legend went on to challenge her to go with Clarkson, versus the safe choice of Shelton. 

“This show rewards artistry and independence… If you want to go the safe route, pick Blake,” he joked. 

Clarkson did her best to convince Emma Caroline to join her team. “I love that song. You like country obviously, anyway, I’m a huge fan of country music,” Clarkson shared. Kacey kind of represents a part of that kind of like a new lane but it’s an old lane.

“I love female country artists. I’ve won with a female country artist,” she added. “And I would love for you to be on my team.”

Noticeably happy to see a country artist on the stage, Shelton used his country cred to persuade Emma Caroline to be a member of Team Blake. 

“I’m so excited because you bring something that we don’t get to see that often,” Shelton gushed. “You have more of a mountain-sounding voice, which I love by the way. I disagree with it being an old lane cause I think she’s kind of created a new spot in country music and people are so attracted to that, you know and I think you can do something like that too.”

“Country music has been my life since I was 14, 15 years old and now what’s exciting for me is to find new young talent. I would be honored to be your coach.”

Emma Caroline admitted it was “such a hard choice,” but ultimately decided to join Team Blake. 

“So excited to have Emma Caroline on my team, that has got to be one of the countriest names we’ve ever had on the show,” Shelton added.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.