The voice is back for season 22, and the competition between the coaches is already at its peak!
In a clip from the NBC singing competition series shared exclusively with PEOPLE ahead of its Sept. 19 premiere, singer-songwriter Morgan Myles delivered a blind audition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that prompted four coaches to turn over their chairs – and sparked conflict between them.
Seconds after Myles, 35, began singing the opening lyrics to the 1984 hit, Gwen Stefani pressed the red button on his chair and turned towards the stage, immediately followed by Camila Cabello — although the “Hollaback Girl” singer, 52, has already been blocked by another trainer. During the first chorus of the song, john legend turned his chair and Blake Shelton immediately followed suit.
Once Myles was done making her way through the acoustic guitar, Stefani stood up and spoke to the contestant. “See that? I turned around, she looked straight into my soul and she was like, ‘There’s Gwen Stefani. I want to be on her team,’ she joked before turning to Cabello “And then I looked, and it was blocked! It was you!”
Dave Bjerke/NBC Morgane Myles
Legend, 43, then asked Myles about his hometown – Nashville, which excited Shelton – before complimenting his song choice. “I feel like there aren’t many people singing this song just because it’s so intimidating. It takes cojones to come here and sing it with such confidence,” he said. -he declares. “Then we got to see your lineup, and you hit those beautiful piercing notes. It was exquisite. One of the best blind auditions I’ve seen in quite a long time.”
Myles went on to detail her career experience so far, noting that she has worked as a touring musician and demo singer for over a decade. “I’ve even opened festivals with Blake before, but long before,” she added. “It’s been a long journey. It hasn’t been easy.”
“I’ve been in Nashville for 16 years, but I’m a full-time touring artist. I played 117 shows last year — solo, acoustic — in nearly all 50 states,” the artist continued. , accompanied backstage. by his parents, who clapped alongside the host Carson Daly throughout his performance. “There were days when I was close to losing it, but I was very lucky because my parents were my rocks in a really, really tough industry.”
Cabello, 25, then began to prepare his case for Myles to be part of his team. “You have such a beautiful tone. I want to hear records from you. You kind of have a Rihanna-esque way of doing it, singing with your hands,” said the former Fifth Harmony member. “I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I’m looking for. She sings with her soul and makes people feel,’ and for me, I feel like that’s the biggest hope for a artist.”
Tyler Golden/NBC/Getty Carson Daly, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
Asked what kind of music she wants to do, Myles said: “As I’m very borderline country, I’ve always been extremely soulful, but I like pop melodies – but I like tell stories, and hopefully we can really find that great path.”
“I know you’re the least likely to choose me,” Cabello acknowledged. “You have Blake, country, and John, soul – I mean, I love pop melodies, and I’m also a storyteller. I feel like you know who you are as an artist, and if you have chosen me as your coach, I would love to help you on this journey.”
Shelton then expressed a desire to have a “heart-to-heart” conversation with Myles and pressed his button, which turned off the lights on everyone but the two of them. “Are you going to sing him Barry White?” What’s going to happen ? Legend asked.
“When I moved to Nashville, I was 17 and started singing demos for songwriters, and that’s where I made all my beer money,” said the country superstar in Myles. “So when I hear you talk about that, and then I hear you talk about playing the midday crap spots at festivals — I’ve done all that.”
“Me too, by the way,” Cabello joked.
“His microphone was also supposed to be muted,” Shelton replied before turning his attention back to Myles. “Your gift is that you can really make people believe what you sing about, and you just need someone to help you through this journey. I’d be honored to be that coach for you, Morgan.”
Tyler Golden/NBC via Getty Camila Cabello and Blake Shelton
Although she was stopped from taking Myles on her team by Cabello, Stefani wanted the chance to talk to the musician. “You are amazing. I’m so sad not to be in the running. It looks like you’re already on a Grammy stage, it’s ridiculous,” she said before campaigning for husband Shelton. “One thing I will say, my husband, I’ve seen him off this show helping people. He has the biggest heart. I’m really, really excited for you right now.”
Cabello then asked to have a final word with Myles. “I want what’s best for you, and if what you want is Blake’s support and help to be a country artist, absolutely,” she advised. “If what you want is to blaze your own trail – you’re not a country artist, you’re not a pop artist, you’re just Morgan – then I’d really love to work with you.”
“Interesting strategy,” Legend chimed in.
At the end of the clip, Stefani asked Myles to choose her trainer. “Come on, Morgan,” Shelton cheered.
To find out which coaching staff Myles decides to join, tune in to the Season 22 premiere of The voice September 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC.