Earning a four-chair turn on NBC’s The Voice is no simple feat, but that’s exactly what 17-year-old Carson Peters did.
The Tennessee native, who is strongly influenced by bluegrass and once shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, took the stage to share a cover of Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time” that had coaches John Legend, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande floored.
The Don Williams cover earned him an impressive chair-turn from each coach and even had Legend out of his seat clapping and singing along.
Peters was all smiles after his audition as he introduced himself to the coaches panel.
“I heard a lot of Oklahoma references in that song,” Legend said. “And I know you might have an interest in being with a coach from that lovely state.”
“Or the better one below it,” Clarkson chimed in, referencing her home state of Texas.
“My name is John Legend, I turned [my chair] for you before any of these coaches did,” Legend added. “I love that lower part of your voice in the beginning of the song, but when you started to hit those big notes with such confidence, it just looked like you were having fun up there.”
Legend continued to try to impress Peters and used his recent CMT Awards win with Carrie Underwood to try to convince him to join Team Legend.
“You know Blake already has some country singers on his team,” Legend warned as Shelton shouted, “The beating I am taking right now!”
“I love your voice, I think it’s authentically country,” Clarkson gushed. “I took country singers to take trophies home, just so you know.”
First-time The Voice coach Ariana Grande was equally impressed by Peters.
“I just appreciated your talent so much,” Grande exclaimed. “And I heard some runs in there that really excited me, and the whole performance was just so enjoyable. You’re amazing!”
“Carson, very impressed,” Shelton said, before adding, “What I would caution you with the other three [coaches] is you can say ‘man, you’re a bluegrass and country, I like that too.’ Or you can understand that there’s popular bluegrass music and then there’s what you hear on country radio. I’m thinking, if Ricky Skaggs is your man, you want to rewind time 30 years or more.”
The country superstar encouraged Peters to think long and hard about which team to joined, telling him, “There’s a lot of paths that you can take, what we’ve got to figure out is which one best represents who you are. Let’s not mess around with what this opportunity is for you. Let’s do this right, Carson.”
Fans will have to wait until Monday’s episode of The Voice to find out which team Carson Peters lands on.
The Voice airs at 8/7c on NBC.