Jeff Jenkins was not just singing for a spot on 'The Voice' when he impressed all four coaches with his heartfelt rendition of Rascal Flatts' 'Bless the Broken Road.' The young man from Jones Creek, Texas, was also singing for his late mother, who passed away only 10 months ago.

The 22-year-old Jenkins is currently enrolled at Belmont University, where he is pursuing a music degree. He may lack the professional experience of other 'Voice' contestants, several of whom have already had record deals, but he's been singing country music since he was 7-years-old. He says his strong stage presence comes from his late mother. "She taught me how to love; she taught me how to forgive; she taught me confidence; and she taught me how to believe in myself," declared Jenkins prior to his audition.

All four coaches wanted to work with Jenkins, but he ultimately bypassed the obvious choice of country star Blake Shelton to pick Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine as his mentor. 'It's very exciting to see a singer like that," Shelton later said, before quipping, "It could have been so much better, Jeff, if you would've picked me!"

In a post-show blog post, Jenkins admits he felt a lot of pressure during his performance. "The blind audition was not only nerve-racking for me because of the fact that I was about to be singing in front of four of the most prominent figures in music, but it was also going to be the first time I performed since my mother passed away."

Watch Jeff Jenkins Sing Rascal Flatts' 'Bless the Broken Road' on 'The Voice'