HOLLYWOOD -- Cleveland has another star on its hands.
34-year-old D.R. King wowed the coaches on Monday night’s premiere of The Voice with his rendition of Believer by Imagine Dragons.
King, a native of Cleveland, chose to join coach Kelly Clarkson after his blind audition, which you can watch HERE:
“My biggest thing is believability,” Clarkson said while expressing her awe of his performance. “You can’t teach something that’s so innate because it’s your gift.”
"D.R.'s dad was his first musical influence providing memories of singing together in church,” according to NBC. “However, when his parents separated, he lost contact with his dad but continued to pursue music. Initially he took some jobs teaching in elementary schools, but in 2012 D.R. took the opportunity of a six-month residency at a Motown bar in Nagoya, Japan. Upon his return, D.R. booked a gig in an Off-Broadway production of Dreamgirls. Now in Harlem, D.R. works on his own music and has a singing residency at the popular Red Rooster.”
This is Clarkson’s first appearance on The Voice, which is now in its 14th season.
Digital Producer, Kierra Cotton caught up with the Cleveland native, Tuesday; just one day after advancing to the show's next round. King discusses his musical influences, his love for his hometown and more. Listen to to full interview below: