Nearly two months into his stint on NBC’s “The Voice,” Barron native and #TeamBlake country singer Chris Kroeze is starting to look at home onstage in front of hundreds, literally, and millions watching on their television screens.
Kroeze’s toe-tapping, head-bouncing cover of Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge” on Monday earned him the show’s most-streamed artist on Apple iTunes Monday night, according to the show’s host Carson Daly.
That “barnburner,” as Kroeze described the song, also earned him a spot in “The Voice’s” semifinals next week, Daly announced Tuesday — results night of the popular show.
“America is falling in love with Chris,” country artist Blake Shelton, who is Kroeze’s coach on the show, said during the Monday night performance. “He’s been the dark horse, and now that we’re getting closer to the finale, people are realizing he’s a serious threat to everyone in the competition.”
Shelton’s comments proved true Tuesday as Kroeze headed to the semifinals, which will include live performances during next Monday’s show and results on Tuesday.
Kroeze said on the show he chose “Callin’ Baton Rouge” because it’s a song that always drew a crowd when he played it with his band in Barron. He added anyone who’s ever been on tour will understand the sentiment of wanting to get back to their significant other — in Kroeze’s case, his wife and two children.
“Back home, my band, we play this song, and the dance floor usually gets full and rocking,” Kroeze said. “It’s a fun party song, high energy. It’s a barnburner.”
Shelton, who is known for such songs as “Turnin’ me On,” “God Gave me You” and “Boys Round Here,” commended Kroeze for bringing “country music to America just now” after watching Kroeze’s Monday performance.
“I can’t thank you enough,” Shelton said. “To have that battle you just had with the fiddle, guitar — that back-and-forth, you don’t see that anymore. Thank you for that.”
To stay up to date on Kroeze’s journey on “The Voice,” search “Chris Kroeze Music” on Facebook and follow @iamchriskroeze on Twitter.