The 35-year-old from Nashville won over coaches Blake Shelton, Camila Cabello, Gwen Stefani, and John Legend.
The first Blind Audition of The Voice season 22 was Morgan Myles, whose stellar performance of “Hallelujah” had coaches Blake Shelton, Camila Cabello, Gwen Stefani and John Legend battling to get her on their team!
The 35-year-old Nashville singer barely sang five notes when both Camila and Gwen turned their chairs. Shortly after, John followed and then Blake made it unanimous— except, when the dust settled, Gwen noticed that Camila had blocked her!
“Do you see this?” Gwen asked. “I turned around, she looked straight into my soul. She was like, ‘There’s Gwen Stefani, I want to be on her team.”
Camila responded, “She didn’t say that.”
Gwen added, “In her heart she did. I felt it. I looked and then I was blocked.”
“We don’t get a lot of people singing that song because it’s so intimidating,” John said. “It takes some cojones to come here and sing it with such confidence that we got to see your range and hear those piercing, beautiful notes. It was exquisite. One of the best Blind Auditions I have seen in a long time.”
Then he asked, “What’s happening in Nashville for you? Are you writing? Are you recording?”
“I’ve been touring, I’m a demo singer for a lot of people, I even opened some festivals for Blake,” Morgan responded. “It’s been a long journey. It hasn’t been easy.”
“You have such a gorgeous tone,” said Camila. “I want to hear a record from you. You kind of have a Rihanna-esque way, going like this, singing with your hands. I was, ‘Yes, that’s what I’m looking for. She’s singing with her soul.’ Making people feel is the highest hope of an artist. I’m freakin’ nervous because I want you so bad. What kind of music do you want to make?”
“I’m on the edge of country, but I’ve always been extremely soulful, and I love pop melodies, but I love storytelling. I hope we can find that right lane…”
“…that’s a fusion of all those things,” Camila interrupted. “I know you’re the least likely to pick me with Blake, country, and John, soul, but I do love pop melodies and I am a storyteller, too. I feel like you know who you are as an artist and if you pick me as your coach, I will be excited to help you on that journey.”
Then Blake said, “Hi, Morgan, I would like to have a heart-to-heart talk with you for a second.”
And then Blake pressed a button, and the lights went down except for a spotlight on him and he was razzed by the other judges.
“Are you going to sing Barry White to her?” John asked. “What is about to happen?”
Blake continued, “When I moved to Nashville, I was 17 years old and I started singing demos for songwriters, and that was where I made all my beer money. So, when I hear you talking about that and then when I hear you talk about playing the crappy noon spots on festivals, I did all that stuff by the way.”
“Me, too, by the way,” Camila piped in.
“Your gift is that you can really make people believe what you’re singing about, and you just need somebody to help you along that journey,” Blake continued. “I would be honored to be that coach for you, Morgan.”
“You’re amazing,” Gwen said. “I’m so sorry that I’m not in the running. You sound like you’re on a Grammy stage already. It’s ridiculous. But one thing I will say, my husband, I’ve watched him outside this show help people. He has the biggest heart. So, I’m excited for you right now”
“Can I just say one last thing,” Camila jumped in. “I want what’s best for you. If what you want is Blake’s support and help to be a country artist, absolutely. If what you want is to create your own lane, you’re not a country artist, you’re not a pop artist, you’re just Morgan, then I would be excited to work with you. I just wanted to say that.”
Then John said, “Interesting strategy.”
Morgan has been in Nashville for 16 years, but is a full-time touring artist, who played 117 dates last year in almost all 50 states.
“There were days I was just about to lose it but I’ve been very blessed because my parents have been my rock in a really, really hard industry,” she said. “So many Voice artists have made it. I hope I can use this platform to be a successful artist as well. I think the whole experience is going to be fun.”
So, who did Morgan pick as her coach? Was her choice to go with Blake, the winningest coach, or did she go another direction?
Tune in to The Voice tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC to find out!