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Before His Powerhouse Performance, This 'Voice' Contestant Spoke To An Inspiring Fan

"I'm thankful that we have music as something that can heal both of us."

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On Monday night's episode of The Voice, contestants performed songs chosen by the fans at home. For Rayshun LaMarr of Team Adam Levine, one of those fans had a powerful story to share. Before his performance of "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding, LaMarr spoke with Noa Golan, who survived the Parkland school shooting in February.


"I feel like the tragedy at my school happened, and nobody could know what I went through," Golan told the singer, according to Yahoo. "Just listening to the music made me feel something. … That's how I found you."

LaMarr is inspiring in his own right. According to his show bio, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and multicentric Castleman's disease, which caused him to temporarily lose much of his voice, sight, and hearing. He's now cancer-free and singing again after two years of treatment.

"You went through something so horrible and traumatic, and here you are, living your life," Golan told LaMarr over video chat. "You have the biggest smile I have ever seen!"

As LaMarr shared in his audition, songs such as Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" helped him when he was in the hospital. "I'm thankful that we have music as something that can heal both of us," he told Golan. "I really wanted to let you know just how inspiring you are to me."

LaMarr went on to deliver a powerhouse performance which brought all four coaches to their feet. We'll find out during Tuesday night's results show if fans voted to put him in the Top 10. 

See LaMarr's full performance below:


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