‘The Voice’ Contestant Avery Roberson Earns Four-Chair Turn With Rendition Of Tim McGraw’s ‘If You’re Reading This’

Meet the Avery Roberson, a 20-year-old from North Carolina who wowed The Voice coaches with a cover of Tim McGraw’s “If…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 8, 2021


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Meet the Avery Roberson, a 20-year-old from North Carolina who wowed The Voice coaches with a cover of Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This.”

Roberson’s acoustic performance and unique vocals earned him a coveted four-chair turn from coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas.

“That was so beautiful,” Clarkson gushed as he concluded his performance. “I thought it was quite remarkable how you didn’t do what people expect you to do to get four-chair turns, which is wail everywhere and do all these things. You kept it you and it sounded so beautiful and intimate. The storyteller vibe was the coolest part for me and your tone is incredible.”

After some banter between the coaches, Shelton admitted, “I’m excited about Avery.”

“I am the only person on this panel, who knows, who sings the song that you just sang. It’s important to have a concrete understanding of country music because you can’t know where it’s going unless you know where it came from,” Shelton explained.

The country superstar later added, “I have to be your coach Avery. I would be honored, I would be proud to be your coach.”

Jonas and Legend also chimed in. 

“As a songwriter, I reference songs that are inspiring to me and a lot of times, it’s country music,” Jonas said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to now work with Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Shania Twain and who knows, maybe we’ll be able to write together someday and write some country music or pop music, whatever you want to do.”

“I know I’m not the obvious choice for a country artist, but I turned for you before any of the other coaches because I heard a beautiful, beautiful voice. The tone is rich, subtle and that’s what this show is about, finding great voices to be heard by the rest of the country,” Legend exclaimed. “I turned for you because I love music and I love coaching great vocalists on this show.”

Shelton raised his hand to say one final thought before Roberson had to choose his coach.

“This is my 20th season, there is no motives here for me. I want to be able to be on your level, understand what you want to do and then fight for that for you,” Shelton added. “It’s not about me, I want this for you.”

Avery Roberson

“You’re all amazing but I have to go with my gut on this one,” he said. “I’m going Blake!”

He made the right choice,” Shelton assured. 

The Voice airs 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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.