South Jersey teen joins ‘The Voice’ as part of coach Blake Shelton’s team

A South Jersey teen will sing for Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice this season after wowing the judge at a blind audition that aired this week.

Dawson Coyle, 18, was selected by Shelton after performing “Happiness” by NeedToBreathe, a Christian rock band out of South Carolina. As the Courier-Post notes, Coyle’s audition was just a day after the teen’s family home in Williamstown, New Jersey burned down, prompting him and his family to move in with his grandparents.

“As I was singing, I was going through my head, ‘I’m content with going home.’ I was giving myself a pep talk as I was singing, ‘I’m good with going home now,’” Coyle, a Christian singer-songwriter, said in his Courier-Post interview. “Once he turned, it was just the most relieving and exciting and stressful moment of my life. I don’t want to change a thing. It was amazing”

Shelton told Coyle that he selected him because of the “absolute passion” in his voice, and personal energy he appeared to “pour into [his] performance.”

Coyle, a homeschooled senior, also told the Courier-Post that he is inspired by fellow South Jersey singer and former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed last summer in Florida at age 22. Grimmie finished third in season six of the Voice, and was part of Adam Levine’s team.

“I was a huge, huge fan of Christina Grimmie’s,” Coyle said. “I’m actually close with her home church family here in Jersey. It was really devastating to hear that she passed, really heartbreaking. She played a big role in my music career.”

Now, as part of Team Blake, Coyle will work with Shelton, as well as country singer Luke Bryan, who will serve as a mentor in the next round of the show.

“I’m just hoping for them to push me to my limits and to try to get me out of that vocal box that everyone puts themselves in,” Coyle told the Courier-Post.

The next episode of the Voice airs Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. on NBC.