Dan + Shay, Reba McEntire, Chance The Rapper, & John Legend Unite For Uplifting Performance On The Voice

This moving performance reminds viewers to be the good they hope to see in the world.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 26, 2024

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Dan + Shay, Chance The Rapper, Reba McEntire, John Legend; Photo via NBC, YouTUbe

Gearing up for a new season of NBC’s The Voice, the season 25 coaches, Dan + Shay, Reba McEntire, John Legend, and Chance the Rapper, teamed up for a cover of Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love In Your Heart.” 

An All-Star Performance

For the all-star performance, Chance the Rapper kicked things off with the first verse. Reba then joined in before Dan + Shay chimed in with their beloved harmonies. John Legend rounds it out with his soaring vocals. 

The coaches were all smiles as they were joined by a gospel choir, adding an ethereal touch to the performance. 

Chance the Rapper, Dan+Shay, Reba McEntire, John Legend; Photo by Art Streiber/NBC
Chance the Rapper, Dan+Shay, Reba McEntire, John Legend; Photo by Art Streiber/NBC

Sporting all-white and beige ensembles, the coaches and the choir finished out the song in harmony, reminding viewers to be the good they hope to see in the world. 

“Take a good look around/ And if you’re looking down/ Put a little love in your heart/ I hope when you decide/ Kindness will be your guide/ Put a little love in your heart,” they sang. 

“Put A Little Love in Your Heart” was written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, and Rany Myers and was originally performed by DeShannon in 1969. This became the most successful chart performance of her career, landing at No.4 on the Hot 100 and No.2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. 

Watch The Voice Coaches Perform “Put a Little Love In Your Heart”

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In 1988, the song was rerecorded by Annie Lennox and Al Green and was used as the theme song to the movie Scrooged. It was a chart success at this time as well, becoming a No.9 hit on the Hot 100 and reaching No.2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. 

“It was actually written very fast,” DeShannon shared of writing the song while chatting with Speaking Freely. “It’s just one of those things that was meant to be and happened. My mom was always saying things like, ‘They oughta put a little love in their hearts.’ I think it stuck somewhere in the back of my mind.”

This performance by The Voice coaches was shared to YouTube ahead of the highly anticipated premiere, evoking an emotional response from fans.

The Voice; Photo Courtesy NBCUniversal
The Voice; Photo Courtesy NBCUniversal

A Chilling Performance

“This gave me the chills.  Beautiful song, beautiful voices, and beautiful people,” one user wrote, while another added, “Brought tears to my eyes! That song should be heard by the entire world every day!”

Several other comments praised Reba’s vocal abilities, as they deemed her the “queen of country.” 

The Voice will make its long-awaited return to NBC on Monday evening, February 26. The premiere will showcase the first round of blind auditions as well as share a look at the brand-new coaching duo, Dan + Shay.

Dan+Shay; Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC
Dan+Shay; Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC

The Double Chair

The country duo will make their debut on The Voice sitting in a double chair, which according to NBC, weighs nearly 900 pounds and contains more than 2,500 LED lights that were built specifically for the duo’s double chair. 

Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney recently shared his excitement over joining the show, telling NBC Insider, ”It really is such a pleasure and reminds us how blessed we are to be in this position that we even have a shot at getting to do this show. “It’s so much fun to be able to learn. We’re genuinely fans of every single one these wonderful people, [and] just being able to be in this family.” 

How Do I Watch The Voice?

The 25th season of The Voice premieres on NBC on Monday, February 26th, with next-day streaming available on Peacock. The following episodes will air on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.