The last season of The voice is ongoing, and although the singing competition often leans towards more pop material, some contestants show their affinity for a rock performance. During Tuesday’s blind audition (Sept. 21), Samuel Harness, 26, from Indiana, showcased his heartfelt grater when facing “Here Without You” from 3 Doors Down.
“Being from Indiana is like a dream come true. It doesn’t get any better than that,” Harness said in the pre-performance brief. The musician was revealed to be one of five adopted siblings who grew up watching his father and brothers perform in a bluegrass band. “Being able to see him on stage doing what he loves was extremely inspiring,” Harness said of his love of music.
Speaking about her song choice, Harness revealed to her the personal nature of the song, explaining, “The song is really about missing someone you love. It really resonates with me right now because I’m in the thousands. kilometers from my 4 year old It’s a rock song and I’m going to slow it down a bit and give it my unique flavor. “
“Here Without You” first appeared on the second set of 3 Doors Down in 2002, Away from the sun. It was the third song on the album, reaching No. 14 on the Mainstream Rock charts. But the power ballad met with crossover success, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since been certified as double platinum single in the United States.
Harness’s dark, slowed-down, string-infused rendition resonated with coaches, earning him a three-chair ride. “I loved hearing those amazing raspy high notes that were grungy but didn’t sound unhealthy. It’s really hard to have so much courage and soul while making it sound clean and clear at the same time,” said said coach Ariana Grande.
John Legend said, “It was a really powerful thing to have an artist emote like that. You will be a magical addition to Team Legend. I would love to work with you.”
Blake Shelton added, “Voices like yours are rare. Instead of a grater, it’s like a sizzle frying an egg.” And while Kelly Clarkson didn’t turn around as she lost herself in the performance, she was seen complimenting her “cool vibrato” during the performance.
Harness ended up choosing Legend to be his trainer.