The North Carolina A&T State University senior wowed Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and Legend, who all turned around early on in his inspirational performance -- but it was quite the rare move for the original singer.
"I grew up singing gospel music, and when we wrote that song, it was meant to evoke the hymns that we grew up listening to and the songs that carried a lot of our ancestors through a lot of tough times when they were marching for voting rights," Legend told Solomon. "I have literally zero times turned for anyone singing my song. It's just that I scrutinize it more heavily than I normally would, but I was like, 'I don't need to do that.' I was like, 'He's doing some things I haven't done that are better than what I would do with the song.' ... He was better than me! He was better than me."