Whoever tweets for The Voice put it best when they took to Twitter to post this about Jake Barker’s blind audition last night:
“@iamjakebarker’s falsetto makes us want to sit in a corner and hug our hearts forever.”
And ever, and ever, and ever. The cute “aww shucks” guy got everyone but Blake Shelton to swivel during his rendition of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man”. The claws were out as Usher, Shakira, and Adam Levine vied for him to be a part of their teams.
“Incredible voice, this song definitely complements you,” Usher gushed. “And I feel like you understand your tune very well.”
That’s when the singer revealed that this was his first time performing in front of anyone … ever!
“It’s pretty astonishing that it’s your first time [on stage],” Adam admitted. “At times it was a little bit busy, but, man, I should coach you because I know what we need to do, so let’s do it.”
Shakira called the others “alpha dogs,” telling him that he could be vulnerable with her.
“Do you want a mom or a mentor?” Usher shot back.
In the end, Jake went with the first person to swivel for him, and is now a part of Team Usher. But what else do we know about this guy? Considering this was his first time performing in public, we don’t know much! In fact, according to his NBC bio, Jake was mostly interested in sports until he posted a video of himself singing on YouTube that garnered rave reviews. He decided to chase the dream and move to NYC, where he bartends to pay the bills.
Jake –– who bears a slight resemblance to he of the perfect falsetto, Justin Timberlake –– has a killer rendition of JT’s “Mirrors” on YouTube. We imagine that was one of the ones that got tongues wagging and sent him on his mission to make music.
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Sources: NBC, YouTube