A 25-year-old Park Heights gospel singer was an instant standout on last night’s episode of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice,” belting out a pristine, soulful rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Me and Mr. Jones.”
Davon Fleming, born and raised in Baltimore, managed an elusive four-chair turn from all of the show’s judges by showcasing his perfect pitch and technical vocal prowess during his blind audition. It was enough to make Grammy-award winning judge Jennifer Hudson toss her shoe onstage in a gesture of appreciation.
The show’s judges showered Fleming with praise and overtures as soon as he finished, each trying to convince him to pick one of them as his coach. Blake Shelton offered a promising prediction: “You’re gonna be in the finale. That’s a bold statement for anybody to make, and I say it with confidence, dude.”
Hudson bested Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus with her pitch. She walked up onstage to sing with Fleming, holding his hand and harmonizing beautifully on Whitney Houston’s classic “I Will Always Love You.” Unsurprisingly, Fleming chose her.
Fleming repped Baltimore proudly in a short introductory clip that ran before his audition, saying his upbringing in Park Heights “made me who I am today because I’m a fighter.” He said he was surrounded by hustling and other facets of street life, but carved out a neighborhood reputation for himself as a singer and honed his craft in church. Asked about his biggest influences, he said they’re the late Houston and his mother.
Watch Fleming’s stellar performance here: