Jason Kertson had 90 seconds to impress the coaches on “The Voice” last week. It wasn’t enough time for the South Hill singing sensation. Or maybe it was too much.
Celebrity coach Blake Shelton hovered his hand over the big red button only to take it away and look a bit disappointed when Kertson hit an off note while performing Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel”.
“You got us all thinking about pushing the button,” Shelton later told the 16 year-old Emerald Ridge High School student.
“It would have been cool to turn around chairs. But I’m so grateful for the exposure. I have nothing to complain about,” Kertson said this week.
Within minutes of “The Voice” broadcast, Kertson was trending nationally on Twitter. Since his “Voice” appearance, he’s been on KING-5’s “New Day Northwest” and booked a November show with his band at the Showbox in Seattle.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” Kertson said. “Lots of cool reaction on Twitter and Facebook and watching my YouTube videos. I feel very blessed for the experience.” Kertson gained 2,500 new followers on Facebook and more than 3,000 on Twitter.
Kertson has a mature voice which took the coaches by surprise when they saw how young he was.
A blogger for Rolling Stone wondered out loud if the coaches regretted not picking Kertson: “With his Bieber-esque good looks and deep, deep voice, the kid could make a killing in the viewer-voted live rounds.”
Indeed, Shelton was taken aback when his chair spun around and what he thought would be a “burly bearded guy” turned out to be the fresh-faced Kertson.
“It makes me feel less of a man to know there’s a 16 year-old that sounds more like a man than I ever was,” coach Adam Levine said.
“I knew you were a cutie pie when I saw the girls jump up,” coach Christina Aguilera told Kertson. Kertson then confessed to Aguilera that he had a crush on her.
Shelton told Kertson to go back to the drawing board and then come back for another audition.
“Jason’s voice is so mature. There’s something special about that guy. I hope he comes back,” Shelton said after Kertson’s audition.
Kertson performs with his band, Jason Kertson and The Immortals, which formed in 2011. They play original modern rock. Kertson plays guitar, sings lead vocals and is the group’s songwriter.
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