‘Blind Joe’ Wows With SteelDrivers, Picks Team Blake During ‘The Voice’ Premiere
Blind Joe Bommersbach impressed judges and fans during a two-night premiere of NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. The 32-year-old singer and guitarist turned all four judges around, and gave them a shock.
“Blind Joe” isn’t just a silly nickname. Bommersbach was born blind, but he says his parents didn’t let that hold him back. He went to college, got married and now works a full-time job teaching accessibility software to the visually impaired. He’s also very willing to joke about his blindness.
“This is a truly blind audition,” Blind Joe joked a beat before telling The Voice host Carson Daly he looked good.
The Fargo, N.D., raised singer performed “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” a SteelDrivers song. Blake Shelton was first to turn around, but last to make his pitch. He envisioned Bommersbach performing with Ronnie Milsap (who is also blind) at the CMA Awards and told him to “Come home.”
“Blind Joe” listened, and Team Blake scored an early member as the season begins. After just two nights, Shelton has five singers on his team. The star has won four of the nine season of The Voice.
"Blind Joe is one of the most special singers I've had on my team," Shelton says. "He's coming from a place that's hard to conquer in country music," he adds before walking him around, introducing him to all four judges.
"This is the heart of an amazing career for me and a wonderful life for my wife," Joe explains. The couple jokingly refer to her as the "seeing eye wife."
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