WATCH: 20-Year-Old Noah Spencer Stuns With Zach Bryan Cover On ‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions
His performance earned an impressive three-chair turn.
Noah Spencer; Photo Courtesy NBC, The Voice
Noah Spencer wowed The Voice coaches during his blind audition with a cover of Zach Bryan’s breakout hit, “Something In The Orange.”
Gravelly Vocals Stole The Show
The 20-year-old took to the stage of the hit NBC show hoping to catch the attention of one of the four coaches and ended up with a three-chair turn, garnering praise from Niall Horan, Gwen Stefani, and Reba McEntire.
His husky vocals were put on full display throughout the performance and helped him stand out among the other competitors.
A Three-Chair Turn
“Love the gravel in your voice. That is so cool,” McEntire gushed “I couldn’t wait to turn around and see what you look like when you hear the voice. Then you just kind of start making up your own little video in your head. I loved everything about your performance, your tone, your gravel, inness of your voice, and I would love to be your coach.”
Horan, who could be seen singing along to the Zach Bryan song from his big red chair, called Spencer’s performance “ridiculous” – in a good way.
“Honestly, one of my favorite types of voices that I could find on the earth. I love a gravelly growl like that,” he told the contestant.
“Something In The Orange” Cover
With hopes to learn more about Noah Spencer, Horan asked, “What kind of stuff did you grow up on? Because as your future coach, I would just like to get more of an interest.”
Unsurprisingly, Spencer, who grew up around the coal mining areas of Appalachia, admitted to listening to bluegrass and country.
“You’re obviously heavily influenced by Zach Bryan. He’s got that same sort of rasp to his voice. It felt like it was a perfect song for you to do in an audition. I’ve actually just covered it myself recently,” Horan revealed.
The coach admitted he was already thinking about future songs for Spencer to perform when McEntire hilariously interjected, “I was too.”
“Were you? Well, you didn’t say it,” Horan quipped.
Next, Stefani had the chance to convince the Virginia native to join Team Gwen.
“I’m not going to ramble or anything like that. I’m just going to sit here and pitch myself. I don’t have anyone like you on my team. I don’t really think there’s anyone like you in this whole competition right now,” she told him. “America loves that kind of a voice, and I think you’re going to get a lot of eyes on you in this show. You have a lot of raw talent and you’re just different than anything else that I’ve been around as far as on my team so far.”
When it was time for Spencer to select his coach, he admitted it was the “toughest decision” he’s ever had to make. Ultimately, he chose to join Team Niall.
After hearing the news, the former One Direction star leaped out of his seat to join the contestant on stage.
Season 24 Underway
This blind audition aired during the second night of the official kick-off of Season 24 of The Voice, ushering in the new star-studded panel of coaches, which includes Niall Horan, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani.
Niall Horan returns for his second consecutive season, alongside Gwen Stefani and John Legend, both of whom have made their comebacks to The Voice following a brief hiatus.
Meanwhile, Reba McEntire is making her debut as a coach on The Voice, replacing Blake Shelton, who announced his decision to step down from the singing competition earlier this year. Shelton appeared on The Voice for a total of 23 Seasons and holds the title of the longest and winningest coach in the history of the show with nine wins.
Lauren Jo Black
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.