'The Voice' Contestant Chris Crump Left His Wedding Reception Early To Audition For The Show

There's dedicated musicians — and then there's Chris Crump. The Voice contestant left his own wedding reception early — don't worry, his new wife left with him — when he found out the local auditions were in town. Now THAT'S dedication. It would've been really disappointing if he went through all that only to be told "no." But, thankfully, that's not how this story ends. In fact, Crump wowed the coaches enough to get all four of them to turn during his smooth rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." The 31-year-old secured a spot on Team Blake and set himself up to be one of this season's front-runners.

Crump won over the audience enough with his sweet story, but it's his voice that's going to keep him on the show. As soon as he sang his first note, I knew he was going to be good. Honestly, I wasn't even looking at my TV when he began and thought for sure Ed Sheeran was up there singing. Crump's voice is smooth with a little bit of edge which makes him very versatile. As long as he's able to add nuances to his performances every week, there's no doubt he'll be sticking around for a while. And with Blake Shelton as a coach, there's no way that won't happen.

Crump has an advantage on Team Blake in that he's not solely a country artist. Sure, there's country in him, but he excels in other genres and is willing to explore his voice. Just because Shelton is country doesn't mean he has to breed country artists. The two will be able to work together to strike a balance between the different genres and bring elements of all of them into Crump's performances. I, for one, would love to see Shelton win this competition with a non-country artist — and Crump may be the one to take him there.

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