Kenzie Wheeler, 22, a native of Dover, had all four judges on NBC The voice vying to work with him after singing Keith Whitley’s Do not close your eyes at the 21st season premiere on Monday.
Wheeler received a rare “four-chair turn” from judges Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Nick Jonas, meaning all four of them heard his singing during the blind audition and turned their chairs in hopes of guiding him through the remainder of the reality competition series. .
In the end, Wheeler, a self-described “country boy,” chose Clarkson to be his coach over the others.
However, Wheeler’s smooth baritone wasn’t the only thing that impressed them.
“This guy has the triple threat of mullet,” Shelton said of Wheeler’s hair. “First, he has the party in the back, he has shaved sides, but then the rare widow’s peak. The rarest of all mullets, this guy is a unicorn. That doesn’t take away his voice, man. “
Wheeler said in his introduction: “I love my mullet, I will probably never cut it.”
Wheeler told the judges that he had always loved country music and that he grew up singing in the car for his mother.
In 2016, Wheeler, who was first noted for her singing while doing karaoke at a restaurant in Plant City as a teenager, won the Tampa Teen Idol competition. It later opened for Charlie Daniels at the Hard Rock casino in Tampa. He released an album titled Dover in 2018.
Wheeler grew up playing minor league baseball in Plant City and played for Strawberry Crest High School in Dover until he graduated in 2016.