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.
.@KellyClarkson can’t help harmonizing with incredible country artist Ethan Lively. 🙌 #VoicePremiere #TeamBlake pic.twitter.com/b1keOw00by
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) March 3, 2021
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.”