The Voice contestant Deion Warren tackles both parts of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s A Star Is Born duet during the fourth round of Blind Auditions on Tuesday’s (March 9) episode — and you can get an exclusive first look on Billboard below.
The North Carolina native, 28, roots the sweeping “Shallow” performance in his “rich” and “nuanced” low vocals, according to coach John Legend, who (alongside Kelly Clarkson) pressed his button prior to Warren singing the chorus. The contestant’s vocal runs while crooning the titular line touched Nick Jonas enough to turn his chair later in the swoon-worthy cover. He told Warren that he felt “emotionally connected” to the singer’s voice and could see him making it all the way to the finale.
Like Legend and Jonas, Warren said he was a preacher’s kid who was heavily inspired by the church. Clarkson, who’s covered “Shallow” multiple times herself, believed his version was unlike the rest because rather than focusing more on showing off his range, he was “the perfect vessel for the message and the moment.”
“I love the song choice, because whenever an artist covers a song that’s kind of a different style than what they come with and then makes it their own, I think it takes skill to pull that off,” Legend noted. “It takes musicianship, it takes artistry. And you showed us all of that.”
Who will Warren choose as his coach? Get lost in Warren’s “Shallow” cover before it officially airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC and tune in to see his final decision.