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When it comes to reality singing competitions, May has been a pretty incredible month for the fine folks brave enough to go onstage and sing for a shot at the big time. Just this week, American Idol Season 16 contestant Gabby Barrett won hearts and the attention of Journey singer Steve Perry, who was hiding in the audience during her rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing,” but earlier this month saw another singer-songwriter get a little love from a not so secret fan.
Pryor Baird, who competed on season 14 of The Voice, kicked off May with a cover of Bob Seger’s 1976 classic “Night Moves”. His smooth, husky vocal delivery proved to be a perfect match for the Seger classic, earning high praise from Team Blake coach Blake Shelton:
“I felt it, I felt the softer side of Pryor. I’m telling you, man, you have so much momentum building right now on this show. It’s undeniable,” Shelton raved.
Blake wasn’t the only one feeling Pryor’s gentle, easy approach to the fan selected “Night Moves”; the next morning Bob Seger took to Facebook where he weighed in on the previous night’s performance, giving Pryor the greatest compliment any legend can give another musician: “He killed it!”
“Very cool that fans picked Night Moves for Pryor to perform last night on The Voice…He killed it!” exclaimed Seger, 73.
Even better still was Pryor’s own reaction to Seger’s post:
“Thank you for your support @Bob Seger!” he wrote. “It was my honor to perform your song and I was so so so happy the fans chose it for me. I am a huge fan of yours as well!”
Looking back to the beginning of Pryor’s Voice journey, it’s not surprising that his tremendous voice is earning praise left and right. His blind audition of the Ray Charles song “I Don’t Need No Doctor” earned him the coveted four chair turn, the show’s judges clamoring to bring him onto their team.
Though Pryor didn’t win this season of The Voice, it’s pretty safe to say that earning the praise of one of music’s most respected singer-songwriters ranks pretty high on his list of accomplishments. You did a killer job this season Pryor – we’re looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for you…maybe a duet with Bob Seger one day?