WATCH: Blake Shelton Takes a ‘Beating’ After 17-Year-Old Earns Four-Chair Turn on ‘The Voice’ with Country Cover

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. …


Lauren Jo Black

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September 24, 2021


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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. 

Carson Peters; Photo Courtesy NBC
Carson Peters; Photo Courtesy NBC

“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.”

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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!” 

Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy NBC
Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy NBC

“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. 

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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.