You'd think that a show completely based around singing would know when a musician is already an award-winning, huge celebrity, but, turns out, that cannot be said for The Voice when it comes to Jason Isbell: According to Rolling Stone, award-winning singer Jason Isbell received a strange email from a Talent Producer at The Voice, asking him if he would be interested in auditioning or the show — despite the fact that he's already really, really famous. Isbell shared a screenshot of a portion of the email on his Twitter account, which read:
...am a Talent Producer on NBC's "The Voice." I came across Jason Isbell online and was hoping to chat with him about auditioning for us if it's something that interests him? We are getting ready to travel the country and will be having invite only industry auditions (there are NOT open calls)...
Isbell's caption on the tweet: "Excerpt from REAL email I received today from a producer on "The Voice." He's been researching online."
It's not really clear what sort of information the unnamed producer "came across" while looking into Isbell online — you'd think the fact that Isbell, as Rolling Stone points out, sold out about 120 concerts and won a ton of Americana Awards this year alone would be one of the results that came up, but oh well — but it does give some interesting insight into how even reality shows are ultra-staged these days. Not well staged, but still, staged.
Luckily, Isbell took the email in good humor, and followed up the screenshot tweet with another, more joking one:
(Though, now I hope he's not joking, because BEST. AUDITION. EVER.)