A face very familiar to Blake Shelton has joined his team on the 20th season of “The Voice.”
On Monday (March 1), singer Pete Mroz chose the country music star to be his mentor on the popular television show and singing competition. Their work in the coming weeks won’t be the first time Shelton and Mroz have collaborated. In fact, according to their exchange during Monday’s show, they knew one another back in the 1990s.
When Mroz took the stage and began singing “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Blake Shelton did not know it was someone he knew behind him. John Legend was the first coach to turn his chair around while Mroz performed. Shelton was second.
During the back-and-forth between the judges, Mroz told them that he wrote songs in Nashville years ago and went by the name Pete Mitchell and was in a group called the “Young Riders.” It was then that Blake Shelton realized he knew Mroz from way back.
“I was also in a group called the ‘Young Riders,’ with Pete,” Shelton said with a look of surprise on his face. “… I haven’t seen this guy in 25 years.”
“You stole my bass player,” Mroz told Shelton.
“I gave your bass player a job,” Shelton joked in response.
In addition to Shelton’s surprise, the other coaches on “The Voice” also could not believe the former bandmates were reuniting this way.
“Are you serious?” Kelly Clarkson asked laughing.
Legend tried to get Mroz to join his team by reminding him that Blake Shelton stole his bass player. Coaches Nick Jones and Clarkson also encouraged Mroz to choose John Legend.
But, in the end Mroz decided to join Team Blake.
Check Out a Photo of Blake Shelton on Stage with ‘The Voice’ Contestant Pete Mroz
Blake Shelton shared a picture of him on stage with Mroz all those years ago on his Twitter page.
You can learn more about Pete Mroz on his website. He resides in Nashville and has been influenced musically by country, blues, and Christian artists.