Blake Shelton Reunites with Ex-Bandmate After 25 Years on ‘The Voice,’ Dubs It a ‘Full-Circle Moment’

Pete Mroz, Blake Shelton
Pete Mroz, Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy NBC
Pete Mroz, Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton reunited with an old friend during the Season 20 premiere of NBC’s The Voice on Monday evening (March 1).

The Voice contestant Pete Mroz, 45, took the stage to perform a cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” and earned a chair turn from Shelton and John Legend.

“I haven’t seen this guy in 25 years,” Shelton exclaimed. 

It was then revealed that Shelton and Mroz were previously members of a band called The Young Riders in Nashville. According to Mroz, Shelton stole his bass player when he exited the group. 

Coach Nick Jonas proceeded to convince Mroz to join Team Legend as payback, however, Mroz chose to join his old friend on Team Blake. 

Mroz and Shelton both dubbed it a “full-circle moment.” 

Prior to taking the stage, Mroz revealed he was a Nashville resident who spent years writing songs in Nashville and that he was once convinced he was the “next Garth Brooks.” Mroz has written and recorded five albums and describes himself as “a father, husband, lover of music, lover of people, songwriter, guitar player, photographer, videographer, businessman and a bluesman.” 

As for his music and preferred genre, Mroz says, “It starts with my voice and guitar, then we see where it takes us! Blues, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriter … if that’s the label then I wear it proudly!” 

The Voice returns each Monday at 8/7 c and Tuesday at 9/8 c on NBC.