Country music came out on top! Sundance Head beat the odds and won Season 11 of The Voice, handing coach Blake Shelton another win. With the victory coming as a surprise to many fans, here’s everything we know about country’s newest star.
According to the Huffington Post, Head edged out Billy Gilman for the win on Tuesday night, surprising many who expected the former child star to win the top prize. Head reached the top 10 on iTunes three times this season, and his song “Darlin’ Don’t Go” is currently sitting at number one.
Before Carson Daly announced Head as the winner, he took some time to thank Shelton for an amazing season.
“I just want to thank you for being such a great guy and being so sweet to me, man. I know you don’t have to do that,” Head told Shelton. “You do this for a job, you know, but you really are such a genuine person, man. I thank the Lord that he put you in my life.”
Apart from Gilman, Head competed against Josh Gallagher and We McDonald in the final four. Gilman was coupled with Adam Levine while Alicia Keys had McDonald. Miley Cyrus’ final contestant was sent home last week.
This isn’t the first reality singing competition for the 37-year-old country singer. Parade is reporting that Head reached the semi-finals on Season 6 of American Idol. After winning The Voice, Head admitted that it “took a lot of life to figure out who I was and a beautiful woman.”
Head inked a record deal with Universal Music Group Tuesday night and wants to produce music that has a positive impact on people’s lives. Head shared that he wants to stay away from anything “offensive” and “sing music that my 2-year-old could listen to or my grandma.”
According to the Washington Post, Head’s father, Roy, was also a country singer and had a number one hit in 1965 with “Treat Her Right.” Head grew up playing music and admitted that his time on The Voice was his last opportunity to make it.
As far as Shelton is concerned, he believes Sundance Head has the talent and abilities to do whatever he wants.
“There is nobody out there like Sundance,” Shelton explained. “He can do anything he wants to do. He should take a minute and figure out what he wants to do musically and then move forward. I think tomorrow he wants to start making his album and get out on the road. I hope he takes three weeks to make sure which direction he wants to go. There are so many options.”
Moving forward, Head still isn’t sure about his new album. Although he is the first country singer to win the competition since Craig Wayne Boyd in Season 7, Head wants to keep his options open.
“The most important thing to me is that when you listen, you know it is Sundance Head. I want to have the opportunity to write. I don’t want to be put into a genre. I just want to make good music. I hope the record label will see that I do have a view on the way things are. Every decision I make, I make with my wife. That is the most important thing to me.”
Apart from an amazing voice, Hollywood Life reports that Head can play several instruments, including the bass, guitar, and piano. He also landed a music deal after appearing on American Idol in 2007 and is the only contestant on the show to do so without cracking the top 12.
All of Sundance Head’s The Voice performances can be found on iTunes.
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