Barrett Baber has received many accolades since his appearance as a finalist on last season’s The Voice, but one stands out above the rest: a key to the city of his hometown, Fayetteville, Ark. The country crooner was presented with the honor on Feb. 2, which Mayor Lioneld Jordan also officially dubbed “Barrett Baber Day."

“I’m really honored that the City of Fayetteville is awarding me the Key to the City. Fayetteville is a very special place because of where it is and the people that call it home,” Baber says. "I am proud to be one of those people and was proud to represent such a wonderful place while competing on The Voice.”

Baber earned a spot on Blake Shelton’s team during his time on the reality show, and his powerful, heartfelt performances week after week propelled him to the finale. The teacher-turned-country-artist wowed fans with covers of Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” and a funky rendition of Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn."

The singer has since signed with William Morris Entertainment in Nashville and will be opening for Rascal Flatts during their new residency in Las Vegas titled Rascal Flatts Rhythm and Roots beginning Feb. 17 and running through March 5.

"Rascal Flatts are one of country music’s most legendary groups," Baber shares, "and I’m both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to share a stage with such an iconic band."

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