April 09, 2013 08:42:55 GMT
Ryan Innes, Shawna P, Michael Austin, and Sasha Allen wow the four judges with their performances and surprise the audience with their choices of mentor.
"The Voice" season 4's Blind Auditions on Monday, April 8 witnessed spectacular performances from older artists. As they took the stage, the four judges Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher were blown away by some of the contestants and couldn't help but quickly turn their chairs.
Performing last, Ryan Innes impressed all judges with his soul version of John Mayer's "Gravity". The 31-year-old doctor, who decided to pursue a career in music following his break-up with the "love of his life," was highly praised by Usher. "You shook this room, man," the R 'n' B singer said. Innes chose Usher over Shelton because the "Yeah!" singer "sings soul music."
Having sung back-up for John Legend and Alicia Keys, soul singer Sasha Allen made all four judges turn their chairs with her powerful version of Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice". The 30-year-old mother of two made Levine stand up from his chair to give standing ovation and praise her "God-given natural gift." Eventually, Maroon 5's frontman won her heart.
Another entertaining show was delivered by Michael Austin, a 43-year-old deputy sheriff from Norco, California. Singing Keith Urban's "Love Somebody", the country singer made Levine and Shakira beg him to join their teams. The "Big N' Country" man ended up choosing Levine as his mentor.
Shawna P proved that age was no barrier for her. Having been singing "since most the people who've tried out have been alive," the 45-year-old lady rocked the stage with her version of The Black Crowes' "She Talks to Angels". Levine and Shakira were fighting over her, and the Colombian singer eventually won the battle as she said, "I'm a rocker at heart."