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'Voice' Contestant Wows Coaches With A Meaningful Performance Of 'Don't Stop Believin''

"You have earned this moment."

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Season 14 of The Voice kicked off Monday night with the first round of blind auditions, as the coaches spun their chairs for a string of talented vocalists. One contestant, Rayshun LaMarr, stood out for both his powerful voice and his inspiring story.

LaMarr belted out Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," prompting both Adam Levine and Alicia Keys to push their buttons within the song's first few lines. The singer's strong vocals and commanding stage presence wowed them even after they turned around. "Maybe we should co-coach," Levine suggested, pointing out that he saw elements of both him and Keys in the performance.


LaMarr went on to share just how much his song choice meant to him. "Five years ago, I almost died, man. I had cancer," he explained. "While in ICU, I used to play that song, and it used to give me so much hope and energy."

His story brought new coach Kelly Clarkson to tears, as she shared her regret for not turning around for him. Blake Shelton, meanwhile, told LaMarr, "You have earned this moment."

"You chose the song that helped you through what you went through. That's what makes you special," Levine shared, while Keys told him, "We need somebody who will not let anything stop them."

Find out which coach LaMarr chose in the video below:


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