Team Blake member Barrett Baber made a big impression on The Voice’s celebrity judges with his rendition of Tanya Tucker’s 1972 hit “Delta Dawn.”
Before his performance, Baber’s coach shared his excitement. “I think this is the perfect song for Barrett right now because he’s a country artist, but he’s got a real soulful slant to what he does,” Blake Shelton remarked. “The fact that he found this classic and chose to make it his own proves that he’s the real deal.”
Shelton was blown away by Baber’s risky performance, which put a soulful and choral twist on the track, calling it the best song of the night. “You made a song that has nothing to do with church, but you took us to church,” Shelton remarked.
Baber’s rendition also caught the attention of Tanya Tucker, who shot to fame when she released “Delta Dawn” at the age of 13 back in 1972. She praised his performance by sending Baber an encouraging message on Twitter.
— Tanya Tucker (@tanya_tucker) November 24, 2015
After sharing her support online, Tucker released an official statement about Baber’s performance. “Barrett sure put a modern twist on that ole song and sang the fire out those lyrics. Very impressive,” Tucker said. “‘Delta Dawn’ will always hold a special place in my heart and I am grateful that he chose to perform it in front of a whole new audience.”