MJ man sees early ‘Voice’ exit

Xavier Smith • Updated Oct 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM

A Mt. Juliet man saw an early exit from NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday during the singing competition’s battle round.

Dan Shafer, 57, battled country singer Sundance Head in the battle round as the two Team Blake (Shelton) members sang Bad Company’s “Feel Like Making Love.” Shelton ultimately chose Head over Shafer, who was the oldest contestant this season.

Shafer joined Team Blake after the country music star turned his chair around during the blind audition for the musical veteran who took time off from the industry for his family.

“When my son, Jaime, was 11, we would found out he had Crohn’s disease,” Shafer said earlier this season. “Any time your child gets ill, it pretty much halts everything else. I had to have a job. I had to have insurance. So, I kind of put music on the backburner and I took a job as a salesman for a beverage company and all of a sudden, you’re 56, and where did life go?”

Shafer said he played in different bands growing up and worked on jingles for beverage, food and toy companies, along with TV shows – including “The Transformers.”

Judge Miley Cyrus was impressed with Shafer’s voice after he sang “Marry Me” during the blind audition and also the sacrifice he made for his family years ago.

“I got cold chills. That’s the same thing as actually my dad. He was touring and the minute I was born he was like, ‘I looked at you and I couldn’t be on the road anymore.’ That’s the thing I’m most thankful for. It’s really important and shows a lot about you,” said Cyrus, who said Shafer is the example of never giving up.

MJ Lucas with WANT FM98.9/WCOR AM1490 said Shafer plans to return to Tennessee on Wednesday morning and plans to visit the station for the Morning Show of WANT. It can also be streamed online at www.wantfm.com.


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