Ethan Lively Wows Blake Shelton with George Strait Classic on ‘The Voice’

Meet the “Tender Cowboy,” 17-year-old Ethan Lively from East Tennessee who wowed Blake Shelton with a cover of George Strait…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 2, 2021


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Ethan Lively, Blake Shelton

Meet the “Tender Cowboy,” 17-year-old Ethan Lively from East Tennessee who wowed Blake Shelton with a cover of George Strait on The Voice

The high school student, who has been singing since he was three, performs around his hometown at various fairs and festivals. He’s a small-town boy who has never flown in a plane and admits, “Never in my life did I think I’d make it on a TV show.” 

Lively took to the stage to perform Strait’s 1983 chart-topper, “You Look So Good In Love.” 

“I love classic country, that outlaw sound, that Texas sound,” he said prior to his performance. 

Lively earned a chair turn from Blake Shelton as the other coaches assured the country crooner, “you’re right in the place you need to be” with Shelton. 

Shelton gushed over his performance and song choice, telling him, “I don’t know why people don’t do more George Strait songs when they audition for this show.”

“I’m a little bit embarrassed that I’m the only one that turned around,” Shelton went on to say. “Sometimes, it’s a little sad to me the lack of country music knowledge these other coaches have.” 

Kelly Clarkson praised his performance and called him a “tender cowboy.” 

“You are so charming,” she gushed. “I hope you stay exactly how you are.” 

Lively is the next member of Team Blake and earned himself a Blake Shelton bobblehead. 

Click above to watch Ethan Lively’s performance of “You Look So Good In Love.” 

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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.