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The Voice’s blind auditions can occasionally get pretty emotional, with contestant’s touching backstories bringing audiences into their lives and revealing their passions and motivations. But Malik Davage brought things to a new level of heartwarming on Tuesday’s show.
The Washington, D.C. native opened up about the challenges he faced living in a dangerous neighborhood and growing up without his dad in a pre-taped package that played before his performance.
According to Davage, his father has been in prison since he was two, and he was raised solely by his mom, who always supported his musical dream. Now, at 23, Davage is a father to a beautiful baby girl, who is “the most special thing” in the world for him.
In the segment, Davage was brought to tears as he opened up about his little girl, and how his blind audition would be the first time she’d ever watch him perform live on stage, so the pressure was high.
Singing a soulful cover of Miguel’s “Sure Thing,” the Voice hopeful struggled with a few high notes, but the powerful delivery was enough to convince judge Adam Levine, who turned his chair around and brought Davage onto his team.
As the crowd cheered for him, the young singer couldn’t fight back his tears as Levine and fellow judge Gwen Stefani hugged him. Levine even invited Davage to sit in his red coaches’ seat.
“I’m just a young guy from Washington, D.C., who’s trying to do best for my daughter,” he said through his tears as Levine invited his family out on the stage.
As Davage held his little girl in his arms and stood next to his adoring mom, Levine got honest about the effort he was going to have to put in to win the competition.
“When you sang in your upper register, I’m gonna be honest with you about it, you need some work,” Levine said. “But when you do the work, that I think you can do really easily because you clearly have raw talent, there’s no telling where you can go with this.”
“I’m happy I took the risk and turned around, because you’re clearly a good dude,” he added.
The exuberate performer took to Instagram after his audition to share a photo of himself sitting in Levine’s chair. “I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I SAT IN THE @nbcthevoice CHAIR!” Davage wrote in the caption. “THANKS FOR TAKING THAT CHANCE @adamlevine . LETS GO #TEAMADAM.”
Levine is definitely getting passionate about winning this season of The Voice. The Maroon 5 frontman even walked off stage recently after a talented songstress chose to join Blake Shelton’s team instead of his.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.