Even before the top 10 contestants on Season 22 of “The Voice” were revealed based on viewer votes, the current coaches – Blake Shelton, Camila Cabello, Gwen Stefani and John Legend – all expected one young contender to make the eliminations and a threat. for all the other contestants: 16-year-old Brayden Lape, who is part of Team Blake. Here’s why the coaches think the teen has what it takes to win it all…
At a press conference prior to the Top 10 results show on November 22, 2022, the Season 22 coaches were asked which contestant they believed was the “biggest game” for the singers on their teams.
“It’s just so interesting how different people shine,” Gwen began. “It’s interesting… just like an artist like Brayden, who I’ve loved since he took the stage. But this last performance he did? I think his threat is that he…”
“Wonderful,” Cabello interjected, before hearing Gwen actually say “so young.”
Cabello exclaimed, “Oh, sorry!” as Legend and Shelton laughed out loud.
“He is,” Gwen giggled. “I think he’s also in your age range.”
Still chuckling, Legend added, “He’s very handsome.”
“I’m sorry, what?” Cabello said, smiling, pretending the word came out wrong. “Talented! Dang. Something is stuck in my throat.”
Legend then chimed in and said it’s not fair how versatile Lape is.
“How is it that he is so tall, so handsome, can play all sports and sing? This is not fair. It’s not fair,” he joked.
“And the way he performs is very rare for someone so young,” added Stefani. “He’s so relaxed.”
The legend said: “Very natural.”
“It’s just very natural, yes, that’s a good way to put it,” Gwen replied. “So I think he’s a threat in a way that we don’t even understand yet, but America is starting to understand.”
Later that night, Lape – the youngest singer in the competition – sang a cover of Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” and his coach, Shelton, told him he has a future in country music.
“He’s so naturally gifted,” Shelton exclaimed, then alluded to the other coaches citing him as the biggest threat. “Believe me. Other people on this panel really like you too, just so you know. Man, you’ve just got that thing. You’ve got a solid country voice that’s different and unique. You’ve got a future in country music, not to mention not to mention how far you’re going to go on this show. You’ve got it all, man.”
Just 15 when he first auditioned for the “Voice” coaches in August, Lape is a small-town sophomore athlete at Grass Lake High School in Jackson County, Michigan. Although only Shelton turned his chair for the teen, the other coaches immediately regretted not turning.
In addition to being a performer, Lape is also a three-time athlete at his school. According to Michigan Live, the sophomore plays quarterback on the football team — and has just been named to the All-Conference team — and is also a baseball pitcher and forward on the basketball team.
One of his hometown newspapers, the Holland Sentinel, said he learned to play the guitar and started singing during the pandemic when he was unable to exercise.
“I’ve started performing in smaller gigs over the past two years,” he said, adding that he hopes to record and release his own music next year. “I wrote some originals myself and also collaborated to write a few more songs.”