Fayetteville singer/songwriter Barrett Baber is about to get crazy famous.
The musician, who also teaches at Fayetteville High School, has scored a gig on NBC’s The Voice this fall and blew away the panel of celebrity judges with his audition.
A 5-minute video of his performance on the show was released this week featuring Baber performing the Jeff Healy Band song, Angel Eyes. His rendition of the song grabbed the attention of all four judges – including singers Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell, who all turned their chairs around indicating they’d like to “coach” Baber on the show.
The judges raved about his unique sound that they couldn’t quite pinpoint, and Baber gave a great answer when asked what style of music he plays.
“I’m trying to pioneer a new sound maybe in country music, with some soul,” he said. “There’s some really great music out there, but I think there’s a place for me, for this voice.”
All four judges made a pitch to try and recruit Baber for their teams, but Shelton and Levine seemed to vie the hardest.
“They way you perform on stage. We’ve never seen anything like it,” Shelton said. “I’m not kidding when I say it’s like watching Garth (Brooks) up there.”
“I can tell by your vocals that you love all styles, and that’s why you’re one of my favorites,” Levine said. “I will destroy for you. I am on fire for you. I want you on my team so bad.”
Baber also gave a shout out to Fayetteville, and Shelton asked him to call the Hogs (which he did).
The video (watch it below) stopped short of showing who Baber chose as his coach. The segment will air in its entirety during the show’s premier at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21.