WATCH: Blake Shelton Offers Constructive Criticism After Jared Brasher’s Country Cover Falls Short on ‘The Voice’

“This isn’t what any of us wanted, man,” Shelton told him.


Lauren Jo Black

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October 5, 2021


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The Blind Auditions are quickly coming to a close on NBC’s The Voice and on Monday evening, 26-year-old Jared Brasher took to the stage for a country cover that failed to impress the coaches. 

Taking a huge leap of faith, Brasher took to The Voice stage for his first-ever live performance in front of a live audience. After explaining his decision to pursue music after putting his baseball career on the backburner, Brasher performed a cover of Brett Eldredge‘s “Drunk On Your Love.” 

Unfortunately for Brasher, none of the coaches turned their chairs for his audition, meaning he would not advance in the competition.

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“I know this is not what you want, this isn’t what any of us wanted, man,” Blake Shelton told him. “I just feel like the performance overall never felt like you never got comfortable, and it’s frustrating for me because you have a great country voice, but it doesn’t matter if you’re not able to control it in this situation. I know the nerves, I don’t even know what that must be like.”

“This is my first-time ever actually performing in front of anybody, so…” Brasher revealed to the coaches.

The coaches were shocked to hear it was his first-time performing in front of a live audience. Kelly Clarkson even admitted, “Wow, that’s awesome.”

“You’re bold enough to be like ‘sure, I’ll try that for my first-time ever being in front of…’ you know what I mean,” Clarkson added. “That’s insane, you can’t teach that. To be that confident, that comfortable in your skin. That’s amazing!”


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Ariana Grande complimented Brasher’s “special tone” and encouraged him to keep working on his control. 

“Maybe that would come from more experience. Obviously, this is your first time singing on a stage like this and that’s insane the fact that this is that. You knocked it out of the park, but I do think that with time,” she said. 

John Legend agreed and went on to tell him that he was a bit “rough around the edges.” 

“If you spend some more time just like you’ve committed to your sport, that’s what you have to do with your voice too,” he shared. 

After Brasher exited the stage, Shelton said, “I really love Jared’s story, He has some talent, but he hasn’t been able to develop it yet…”

The Voice returns on Tuesday evening with the final episode of the Blind Auditions. 

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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.