How Blake Shelton Is Like Loretta Lynn

The Voice's Taylor Brashears Talks About Shelton's Behind-the-Scenes Hilarity

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This is the advice Blake Shelton has already given to The Voice contestant Taylor Brashears:

“Blake talked to me about the sass that I bring onstage and how I can really own the stage,” Brashears told me. “He says I need to just bring a stage presence, like Loretta (Lynn) and Dolly (Parton) have. They are entertainers of all sorts. They are hilarious. And Blake is just like them. He has that same sense of humor. He is the funniest man ever. He is always joking around with the camera people and everyone backstage.”

So far, it sounds like she picked the right coach for herself even though Shelton didn’t turn his chair around until the very last second of her blind audition when she was singing Lynn’s 1966 “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”

“It was pretty nerve-wracking for about a minute and a-half for him to not turn around. And I was a little bit mad about it,” the 22-year-old Nashville native said. “But then once he had the chance to talk, he was like, ’Look. If a girl has the balls to get up there and do Loretta Lynn, I wanted to hear every single note of it.’ Right when he said that, I was like, ’That’s exactly what I’m looking for.'”

Going into The Voice, Brashears was pretty sure that if she got past the blind auditions, she’d end up on Team Blake. Even though she’s more of a fan of old, retro country, she says she loves his new single, “Neon Light,” because “you can actually hear real lyrics rather than just a bunch of rapping which you hear in country music so much now.”

And she also tends to love Shelton’s first hits, too.

“I’m a huge fan of all that early Blake Shelton stuff that no one listens to anymore,” she admitted. “That’s my guilty pleasure.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.