During the blind auditions, Stovall piqued Blake Shelton’s interest with her cover of The SteelDrivers‘ “If It Hadn’t Been For Love,” while Scripps sang Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road.” You can see both of their performances above.
Stovall is already pretty established in country music. The 35-year-old Tennessee native first performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage at the age of 12, and started playing the fiddle at the age of four. She was also named by CMT as one of the Next Women of Country Music. “I think you’ve got an incredible voice, oh my gosh,” Shelton gushed, “This is perfect, Natalie! Welcome to Team Blake!”
Ryan Scripps, however, is a new face to the country music scene. The 24-year-old has been working as a CrossFit trainer when he’s not performing or writing. “You’re connected with the new country music that’s coming out,” Blake said to Scripps. “This is a no-brainer for me. This is going to be a lot of fun to work with you, dude, I can’t wait.”
Stovall and Scripps join Red Marlow, Keisha Renee and Ashland Craft as the impressive country artists vying for victory this season.