‘The Voice’ Contestant Carter Rubin Brings Coach Gwen Stefani To Tears With ‘Flawless’ Willie Nelson Cover

Carter Rubin brought his coach Gwen Stefani to tears with an emotional rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Rainbow Connection” on The…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 7, 2020


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Carter Rubin and Gwen Stefani; Photo Courtesy of NBC

Carter Rubin brought his coach Gwen Stefani to tears with an emotional rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Rainbow Connection” on The Voice.

Rubin dedicated his performance to his older brother, Jack, who is autistic.

The iconic song is one that means a lot to Stefani and she couldn’t hold back her tears as he performed.

“Oh my God. Your mom is crying. I’m crying. I sing that song to my kids, all millions of the children that I have,” Stefani said tearfully. “That was flawless, that was God answering my prayers. That was so beautiful.”

“I am so honored that you picked me. I love this frickin’ show,” Stefani added.

Stefani later gushed on Twitter saying, “your performance made me so happy!”

“Rainbow Connection,” which was originally included in the 1979 film The Muppet Movie, is the title track to Nelson’s 49th studio album. The album was recorded at Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood, Texas from December 2000 to January 2001. The album was nominated for Country Album Of The Year at the 2001 GRAMMYs.

Nelson performed the track during the 2019 CMA Awards alongside Kacey Musgraves.

Earlier in the show, Stefani revealed that Blake Shelton’s mom Dorothy keeps texting her during The Voice shows telling her how much she loves Rubin and how she wants him to win the show.

Fans can vote for Carter Rubin to advance to the next round 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 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.