Yesterday (March 1), season 20 of “The Voice” premiered on NBC. The show now has Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend as the coaches. Both Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani have recently departed from the show.
Perhaps the most popular part of the show is the Blind Auditions. Millions of people tune in to watch strangers take the big stage. At the same time, the judges have their backs turned while they listen and then battle to get the best voices on their team.
One of these voices might just be Corey Ward.
Corey Ward Redeems Himself
If you tuned in for “The Voice” and recognized Corey Ward, there’s a good reason for that.
Ward auditioned last season as well. He sang “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo. He has a distinctly raspy, deep, and gravelly voice with an impressive falsetto. However, he was turned down during the Blind Auditions 2020.
According to Talent Recap, Ward has been performing for 20 years and has been using it as a tool to cope with difficult hardships.
“I don’t want you to be deterred because you’ve got a really really rock ‘n’ roll voice and thank you so much for coming,” Kelly Clarkson said at the time.
While he didn’t get the chance to move on last year, he said as he was leaving the stage that he “always wants to grow.”
Ward on Season 20
Now, Ward has grown substantially in just a couple of months. He took that growth back to “The Voice” stage.
This time, he got the attention of both John Legend and Kelly Clarkson with his intimate and emotional version of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.”
Corey Ward shared with viewers that the last time he was here his mother had to be rushed to the hospital. She is currently battling cancer.
This time around, Ward said his biggest change was adapting his overall song choice. Rather than a more rock ‘n’ roll style song, he said he connects to more emotional songs as an artist. That seemed to fit right in with Team Kelley.
“I’m looking for someone to move me. A lot of people can sing, but not a lot of people can move me,” Clarkson said on the show.
She also tweeted that night saying, “I’m so happy you came back to audition again @_coreyward_! Let’s make your mama proud.”
It’ll be interesting to see how Ward’s voice continues to grow on “The Voice.” Now that he has shown both an emotional, powerful side as well as his previous rock ‘n’ roll tone, there is certainly a lot to work with.
‘The Voice” is on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.