Kris Jones, better known as the viral “Tennessee Whiskey” singing dad, took a break from car karaoke long enough to stop by Ellen. There, he and his beautiful daughter, who filmed the first viral video, made an exciting announcement.
Jones revealed that he recently got an important call with a big offer. “The guy had an English accent so we knew it was important,” he explains with a smile. It was definitely important — it was an offer to be on The Voice! That’s right, we’ll see a very familiar face taking the stage next season.
The Texas native also told DeGeneres he’s been singing his whole life but he pays the bills by working as a contractor. He started singing in church and tried to pursue it as a career but “life happened.”
“I had these kids, my babies needed braces,” Jones says laughing. “So I went to work.”
This won’t be his first time pursuing singing competitions. He’s already tried out for The Voice, but they only let him get a few words out before turning him down. Jones wanted to try out for American Idol but didn’t meet the age requirements.
Luckily, he’s getting a second chance and we’ll be tuning in to see his audition. Is it too early to hope he makes it on Team Blake?
Ellen viewers also got the opportunity to see Jones perform “Tennessee Whiskey,” the song that made him a viral sensation. This was his first time performing on television and he knocked it out of the park.
The good news didn’t stop there for Jones. At the end of the show, he was presented with a check for $10,000 to help support his family. Talk about an inspiration!