Kenzie Wheeler Gets Emotional When Dedicating ’90s Country Hit To His Florida Hometown

Things got heavy when Kenzie Wheeler took the stage for the dedication song performance during night one of the The…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 24, 2021


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Things got heavy when Kenzie Wheeler took the stage for the dedication song performance during night one of the The Voice live finale on Monday evening (May 24). 

The 23-year-old dedicated his performance to his hometown of Dover, Florida and opened up about the impact the small town had on his life. Tears filled Wheeler’s eyes as he reflected on his life in Dover and shared his love for his friends and family back home. 

Taking the stage to perform Tracy Byrd’s “The Keeper of the Stars,” Wheeler once again left his coach Kelly Clarkson floored by his talent. 

“Kenzie, I don’t think I’ve ever worked with anybody that had no idea how gifted they were,” she told him. “You truly are one of those people that you almost surprise yourself.” 

“It’s such an obvious thing that your purpose in life is to do music,” she added before reminding viewers to vote for him. 

Nick Jonas also praised Wheeler, telling him, “You’ve been so fun to watch this entire season, to watch your journey, to watch you grow as a vocalist.” 

Kenzie Wheeler has covered several country songs throughout the season, including Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road,” Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark,” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Earlier in the show, Wheeler performed a cover of George Strait’s “Heartland.” 

Fans can vote for Kenzie Wheeler on the official The Voice website

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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.