Krista Hughes Wins Blake Shelton Over With ‘Angel From Montgomery’ on ‘The Voice’
When Krista Hughes’ warm, bluesy vocals flooded the room during her audition on The Voice, everyone listened — especially Blake Shelton. The young artist started learning to play the guitar at the tender age of four, when her grandfather handed over a small six-string, and the rest was history.
Hughes took the judges back a few years with her soulful performance of "Angel From Montgomery," originally penned by John Pine, but made famous by Bonnie Raitt.
Born to parents who were just young teenagers at the time, Hughes was raised by her grandparents in the coal-mining country of West Virginia, where she says she was influenced by classic country icons like Merle Haggard and George Jones.
Hughes stepped on stage clad in her country best — belt buckle, side braid, denim shirt and all — strumming an acoustic and singing with heart. All four judges were impressed with her vocals, with Adam Levine turning around first, quickly followed by Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and Shelton.
“What a beautiful, honest, natural talent you are,” Stefani commented.
Though all four argued passionately to win over Hughes, in the end, her country roots were too strong for the others to outbid Shelton.
“He speaks in that accent and they’re mesmerized,” Pharrell joked of Shelton’s wooing ability. Hughes was overjoyed to be a part of Team Blake.
“We need her in country music,” the coach said after she chose to join his team. “She’s real good.”
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