Kenzie Wheeler Shines a Light on Traditional Country with Brooks & Dunn Cover on ‘The Voice’

Kenzie Wheeler has been wowing country music fans on The Voice with his country music chops since his audition with…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 11, 2021


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Kenzie Wheeler, The Voice

Kenzie Wheeler has been wowing country music fans on The Voice with his country music chops since his audition with a Keith Whitley cover landed him a four-chair turn. 

The 22-year-old ultimately landed a spot on Team Kelly and has gone on to impress fans week after week with his country performances. 

Wheeler made his way into the Top 17 and took the stage for a performance of Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” during the live rounds on Monday evening (May 10). His performance of the 2003 hit earned praise from the coaches.

Clarkson told him he was a fantastic performer and once again confirmed that her use of the block button on Blake Shelton during Wheeler’s audition was her best move ever on the show. 

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Throughout The Voice‘s 20th season, the Florida native has performed songs such as Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark.” 

His mullet has been a topic of conversation throughout the show as well as Shelton has admired it several times. Recently, the country superstar joked that he’s considering growing his mullet back after being inspired by Wheeler to do so. 

“You’re probably going to win The Voice and that haircut’s going to be trending and I want to be in on it,” Shelton told him

The Voice airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. 

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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.