Adam Levine was hurting for team members on Monday night's auditions on Season 12 of The Voice. I mean, Levine really needed to find his diamond in the rough and fast. Enter Kawan DeBose, whose blind Voice audition was actually something akin to Prince returning from the celestial fold and wowing us all over again. DeBose is an absolutely charming and talented thirty-something (don't expect his to readily tell you how old he is, folks) who has spent the better part of his life in service to the music. From the minute that he hopped onto the Voice stage, it was almost like DeBose has come home. He was ready to kick some serious butt and make sure all those chairs turned around.
DeBose grew up in the church, watching his relatives perform in the church choir. His grandmother had the good sense to make sure DeBose received a well-rounded and culture-filled education, so she enrolled him at an arts school. There, he was immersed in music, theater, and dance. He found himself totally enthralled with music and from there, well, the rest is history.
DeBose can add to that history what will surely be an epic run on Season 12 of The Voice. He chose to sing "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye. The smooth, soulful hit proved to be a surefire way to get chairs to turn around.
DeBose's audition was the definition of "unreal." He was hitting notes all over the place like it was no big deal. His vocal stylings were reminiscent of Gaye, Prince, and everything magical in between. He made Levine into an instant fan. It clear from the moment that Levine turned his chair around, he was going to do anything and say anything to make DeBose pick his team.
Of course, DeBose feigned indecision while Levine, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani all tried to pitch him on why their team was the best. But DeBose is discerning. He knew what he wanted. He also knew that it was probably best to choose the one judge who was already completely in his corner from the time he began his blind audition.
It was Team Levine for DeBose but it was also the beginning of, I believe, a beautiful Voice friendship.