The Voice‘s guest adviser Garth Brooks wasn’t kidding when he warned the backup band to stay out of contestant Sundance Head’s way. On last night’s Top 12 episode Head performed an explosive rendition of Maren Morris’ “My Church,” holding his own as this season’s country artist in residence.
Head effortlessly wove his way through Morris’ breakout hit, adding his own bluesy twist to the familiar melody. Coach Blake Shelton had a hard time wiping the smile off his face. “Vocally, I would put you up against anybody in the world,” he said. “You’re what we all strive for. This guy is having a blast with this moment.” Using his powerful chest voice just as easily as he hits soaring high notes during the song, the 37-year-old Texas native is shaping up to be a season favorite.
Later in the show, former child country star Billy Gilman proved yet again that he’s got the vocal chops to outshine nearly anyone. Standing on a staircase, Billy Gilman delivered a dramatic, pitch-perfect performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” Sometimes criticized by the coaches for his emotionally flat, yet tonally perfect delivery, Gilman opened up before his performance, saying, “This song really captures the history that I’ve had, the struggles. This song was my defense mechanism.”
Coach Adam Levine was left speechless before finally sputtering, “I just think that when you hear something like this happen on this stage … and I just feel like, what could possibly epitomize the show more than someone that sings the way you do?” Shelton also praised the technically flawless performance, commenting, “As great of a singer as you were then when you were 10 years old, you are a million times better as an adult.”
The Voice airs again tonight, Tuesday, November 15th, at 8 p.m. ET.