This post contains spoilers about the season 11 finale of The Voice. Obviously.
At last, Sundance Head can call himself the winner of The Voice.
The 37-year-old singer, who wowed audiences with his impressively gritty, soulful vocal style throughout season 11 of The Voice, beat out Billy Gilman, Wé McDonald, and Josh Gallagher for first place, bringing Blake Shelton his fifth win as a coach.
A teary-eyed Head hugged his wife, children, and parents on stage following host Carson Daly’s announcement.
Head brought the house down during Monday night’s final show, performing “At Last” by Etta James, “Darlin’ Don’t Go,” an original song he wrote for his wife, and a duet with Blake Shelton of “Treat Her Right,” a song originally recorded by his father, Roy Head. “Treat Her Right” hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts in 1965, second only to The Beatles. “Darlin’ Don’t Go” and “At Last” hit No. 1 and 2 iTunes’ top songs chart, and “Treat Her Right” sat pretty at No. 7.
On Tuesday night’s finale show, he performed a mash-up of “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” with KISS, a moment that was particularly special for Head, as his older brother had taken him to his first show, a KISS concert, a month before he died in a car accident when Head was younger.
The Texas native’s victory was the cherry on top of an impressive comeback story-in-the-making. Head had his first singing competition go-round on season 6 of American Idol, where he made it through the first several rounds, only to be cut right before the Top 12. Since then, he had a recording contract fall through but has continued to play music all over Texas with his band, Sundance Head.
This season on The Voice, Head impressed both voters and coaches Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, and Miley Cyrus week in and week out, performing hits such as “No One,” by Alicia Keys, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” by Otis Redding, and “Me and Jesus” by Tom T. Hall.
The Voice will return in February for season 12 with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, and Gwen Stefani as coaches.