Team Blake’s Jim Ranger Debuts Sentimental Debut Single ‘Last’ On ‘The Voice’ Finale

Will Jim Ranger help Blake Shelton secure another win on The Voice? The fan-favorite contestant appeared on the season 19…


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December 14, 2020


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Will Jim Ranger help Blake Shelton secure another win on The Voice?

The fan-favorite contestant appeared on the season 19 finale to perform his original debut single, “Last” and left a lasting impression on his coach, Blake Shelton.

Ranger recruited 2020 BMI Songwriter of the Year Ross Copperman to help him find the perfect original song.

“This is a great Nashville song,” Copperman said. “Nobody knows that like Blake does.”

Ranger, a pastor from Bakersfield, California, was drawn to the song as it reminds him of his wife of 18 years.

“I love this track cause it has that whimsical feel about it,” Ranger said of the song, while Shelton complimented the lyrics, saying, they are “hitting someone in the face and the heart.”

“Your heart comes through everything that you sing and everything that you do, ” John Legend complimented following his performance. “You connect to what you’re singing in a way that is really felt by everybody that listens to it.”

Gwen Stefani called the song “so pretty” and told him, “You can do anything with your voice and it’s so full of character and it’s really nice to just hear you sing that song.”

When listening to the lyrics, Shelton realized that he could learn a thing or two from the song.

“Now I know how to make it last!” Shelton laughed. “Thanks for the advice.”

The superstar went on to compare Ranger to a chart-topping country singer.

“There was a guy in country music named John Berry that we haven’t heard on country radio in a long time and that’s the only other person I can think of that are similar to,” he shared. “If country music ends up being the lane you want to stay in, I know there’s a place for you on country radio.”

Fans can vote for Jim Ranger by visiting the official The Voice voting website, casting a vote via The Voice‘s official app or voting from their Google Assistant. There is a limit of 10 votes per artist per method.

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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.